1 Kings 19 (KJV)
19 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
We see that Elijah didn't come out through the wind that shattered the mountains, nor the earthquake or fire. God told him in the beginning to come out but he didn't. He could hear God loud and clear but there was no response with Elijah until God spoke in a still quiet voice. I wonder if Elijah didn't hear Him and was concerned He might have said something like if you don't come out Elijah you are not going to live much longer. Nothing else did it for Elijah except not being able to hardly hear God. This is when Elijah turned his ears to listen. He finally came out. What did God say?...so simply put He said why are you in there? God was sending Elijah the prophet to anoint a couple of kings and a prophet.
I Kings 19:14-18
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
I just wrote about how I prayed wanting to hear God's voice loud and clear. Did I hear it? Yes, with big booms of thunder. But what God really wants us to hear is His voice. What do I mean? We have God's Holy Spirit guiding and directing us in all matters of life. He counsels us and speaks what the Father speaks. So unless my mind is full of voices from external sources or internal ones how can I hear from Him? There is too much noise going on and His still quite voice is drowned out by my own inner dialogues. We want to figure things out, make our way smooth, find perfect solutions...but what does God want? That is the point. He has the perfect solutions and He is the One that makes the rough places smooth.
Isaiah 40:4-5 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
When God speaks we need to come out of our cave and listen. Our mind can be like a cave where we hide in fear, worry, anxiety and apprehension. We do not want to miss God's perfect will because we don't trust Him.