This is a continuum of my precious series post, “Hearing God’s Voice With Ease (II)“
Elijah The Prophet
Elijah was a great prophet of God, a man who single handedly confronted 850 prophets of ba’al and astherot was at some point on the run from a witch called Jezebel. He was fed by an angel trice after which he journeyed for 40 days and night until he arrived at a cave where God was supposed to speak. This is what the bible says…
“He got up, ate and drank his fill, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep. Then the word of GOD came to him: “So Elijah, what are you doing here?” “I’ve been working my heart out for the GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies,” said Elijah. “The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.” Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for GOD, the GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.” GOD said, “Go back the way you came through the desert to Damascus. When you get there anoint Hazael; make him king over Aram.”
1 Kings 19: 8- 15
God asked the prophet to stand on top of the mountain and listen, Elijah was human and therefore must have had expectations on how he God was going to speak. Perhaps God had been speaking to him from the fire or with a loud audible voice so he would obviously expect the same.
A hurricane came and ripped the mountain (a hurricane that can rip a mountain must be a great one indeed) and it was followed by an earthquake and then fire. In all these, the voice of the Lord was not heard. After all these came a calm still whisper.
For a while, just imagine that Elijah was used to the mountain ripping hurricane or the great earthquake or perhaps the fire. Since the voice of God was not heard, the prophet would have left but because he sustained an open heart that was not stereotyped, he stayed until the voice came.
Stereotype has made many believers miss out on what God was saying, or has made them listen to the voice of demons and strange spirits rather than God because God didn’t come in the ‘usual’ way. Moreover, the devil sometimes disguises himself as an angel of light and it takes discernment by the word and the peace of God that surpasses every human understanding which will be furnished in a man’s spirit.
This is an act of lying claim to or taking possession to something.
Hear what the word of God says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.”
Romans 12: 1- 2
Observe that WILL in view is GOOD, ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT. Believers sometimes just want the will and don’t care if it is good, acceptable and perfect. Believers are sometimes quick to assume simply because it is good, they feel it must be the will of God. There is an erroneous saying…”the voice of the people is the voice of God” this is not true and can never be.
One may ask, can a will be of God and not be good, acceptable and perfect? Yes.
Let’s look at the life of King Hezekiah.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. And this [shall be] a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”
Isa. 38: 1- 8
It was the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for the king to pass on, he was asked to prepare his home; not all kings had the privilege to prepare, ensure a peaceful transition and see their successors do well on the throne. He was given such a rear privilege but the king wanted something else, he wanted more days to his life and not life to his days, he asked for more time.
Please kindly read what happened next.
“At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, [even] from Babylon. Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that [is] in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: Behold, the days come, that all that [is] in thine house, and [that] which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good [is] the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.”
Isa. 39: 1- 8
The result of the king’s healing was a visit from a heathen king and in a bid to show the splendor of his house, the king brought doom upon the generation present and posterity. The whole nation will be taken into captivity, princes will be made eunuchs (literally castrated) and generations will be born into that captivity. Behold the kings reply…”Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good [is] the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.” What a reply from a king. All these happen because a man sought a will that was not good, acceptable and perfect.
You may ask, why then did God grant his request? In my piece “A Man Of Like Passion (I)” and “A Man Of Like Passion (II)”, I taught how a man of prayer is an invincible and unstoppable force and any plan or assault against him is futile and likened to a suicide mission. A man that knows how to navigate and parley in the spirit will get almost anything. This explains stature in God is not attained in one day; it takes years of consistent yielding to the kingdom mandate not man’s selfish desires.
That is not all what happened within the 15 added years, at the time Hezekiah died his son Manasseh was 12 and this means he was born 3 years after his father was given 15 more years to live.
Although Hezekiah did well, however his son Manasseh did terribly, he reversed all the holy reforms his father started, promoted idolatry and the children of Israel sacrificed their children by fire to molech. All the high places destroyed by Hezekiah were built back by Manasseh, alters of ba’al were erected and asherah poles were set up. He worshipped celestial bodies and so many other detestable things. 2 Kings 21: 1- 11, 16. God attested that Manasseh was more wicked than the heathen nations who has no law nor the fear of God.
This was the product of a will that although was of God, yet was not the good, acceptable and perfect will.
Most of what we perceive as the will of God are mere assumptions and once we rock the path of assumption, the whispers of the spirit cannot be picked by our spiritual eardrums. They will seem to us as our own whispers which we can discard and the expense of nothing.
Assumption is not and can never be the same as God’s voice and God will continue to speak as long as we listen and obey. When rebellion becomes the order of the day, continuous whispers from God cannot be heard.
God always speaks, he always responds to our actions and inactions. He acts upon the principles of His word. When our lives are disjointed and out of alignment, it is literally impossible to hear and understand God and even when we do, there are great tendencies we would fight it with the last drop of blood in our veins.
Perhaps you have been finding it hard to hear God, recalibrate your mindset, cross-examine your life, and seek to honestly hear even when it contradicts what you would have liked.