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Jam 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
I Kings 19:11-12 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
Let us look at an example on how suffering for God will enhance our hearing the voice of God. Elijah was a very powerful man of God and he did all the things of God, that God wanted him to do. Through his prayers the heaven was shut and released; he brought down the fire of God to manifest the glory of God; he convicted Ahab his sin. When Jezebel the witch and a harlot gave command to her servants (her prophets) to hunt the true prophets of God, Elijah was fleeing for his life. He endured a great suffering because of Jezebel. While running from her, God told him to go to the mountain of God. After all the powerful events like earthquake and fire, there was a still small voice of God passed before him. Did Elijah hear it? Yes he did. How did he know that God’s voice is not in the earthquake and fire? Because of his relationship with the LORD. How did he was able to hear the voice of God at any situation? Because he suffered for the name of LORD and His glory. God reveled him the things of God that was planned by Him for the children of Israel during that conversation. The things of God can be heard with clarity when there is a close relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord and boldness to suffer for His kingdom, for the glory of the Almighty God.