“God answered him by a Voice” (Exodus 19:19)
As long as we are in the world all of us have to face temptation. It does not matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing. As human beings we have to face many temptations and difficult situations and troubles of one kind or another. But when we can hear the Voice of God clearly we can meet these situations victoriously. God shows us in His Word, how from the very beginning of our spiritual life we must learn to hear His Voice.
In the beginning of I Kings 19, the wicked queen Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah, so Elijah may have thought God would surely punish Jezebel. He went and sat under the juniper tree, for he was angry with God for failing to punish her. That is how we behave sometimes. That is how we misunderstand God and begin to doubt Him. But God’s ways are not our ways; they are higher than our ways. He will not work in our way. Elijah perhaps thought God was not doing His duty because He did not punish Jezebel, so he told the Lord: “Lord , from today onwards, I am not going to be your prophet.” Now, if you are in Government service you have to give three months’ notice if you wish to resign, but Elijah gave just one day’s notice! “Take away Your prophetship from me today;” he said in effect, “I am not going to speak in Your name from today. Many a time we also think the same. We want to dictate God. But God was not sleeping! He took Elijah to the mountain top and there dealt with him in a wonderful way.
Meditation by Bakht Singh