If we have experienced many healings and other proofs of God's omnipotence and omnipresence and then seem to become mesmerized by mortal mind's lurid pictures of hate, war, lack, malice, destruction, and disaster, so that we find ourselves deep in a cave of despondency and despair, it is very helpful to read of the trials and victories of Elijah, as given in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth chapters of I Kings. Like Elijah, we may then waken and hear the voice of omnipotence saying (19:9, 11): "What doest thou here? ... Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord."

In reading of Elijah's experiences we see that he was a great metaphysician and had a clear sense of spiritual reality. He realized the power and presence of God to meet every human need; he heard the voice of God and obeyed; he was spontaneous, inspirational, and expressed the divine Mind in a clear spiritual manner, proving the presence of divine power in many instances.

Elijah was fed by the ravens; he proved to the widow that her barrel of meal would not waste or her cruse of oil fail; he raised the dead; and to prove the power and presence of God to the prophets of Baal he brought fire from heaven. However, when he listened to the arguments of mortal belief, Elijah became very despondent and fearful. But when he heard and obeyed the voice of God, he was wonderfully protected.

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