continued from dear elijah, listen to me
God didn't speak to Elijah in the business or the hustle and bustle. He spoke to Him in a still small voice that shook the bones.
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (1 Kings 19)
"What are you doing here?" Without censure, God invited Elijah to reevaluate the place he was in. You see, Jezebel did not drive Elijah to a cave, he did that himself. The truth is that God had everything under control in that situation - just as He does with ours. The opposition of a pagan enemy did not have the capacity to destroy God's kingship or to harm God's man - neither does our current predicament.
When God asks, "what are you doing here?", He was really asking "What are you accomplishing here in this place you are in? What are you focusing on? What are you giving your attention to and what has your mind? Why are you isolation yourself here? Why have your brought yourself to this place to hide?"
God had a promise to Elijah, a promise He was going to see through. But now it was on Elijah to see through what the Lord had planned for him. No matter the opposition he was to face, Elijah had a race to finish, and a good race it was. (click to tweet)
Elijah took his eyes off himself and faithfully fulfilled all the Lord had for him to do. If Elijah could have seen the final exit that God had in mind for him, when he went through those dark days of running and despair, how foolish he would have felt. Elijah’s departure in 2 Kings 2 with a chariot of fire coming to take him to heaven is one of the most spectacular in the whole Bible. We truly serve an amazing God, who comes to us in our weakness and restores us and our destiny.
Determine today to finish magnificently, as Elijah did.
In our weariness, I hear God whispering "What are you doing here, child?" We have spent more than enough time and energy on the "why" of our situations. We have looked at our circumstances and what brought us to these caves of weariness and despair. If we allow them to do so, the "why" of our cave experiences will overshadow all our lives and cause us to be ineffective for the sake of God's kingdom. They will shut us down at our cave's door. It is time to move past these things, past our limitations and fears, to ask "What are we going to do here?"
God is inviting us to the table to reexamine our attitudes and goals. He already knows our "whys". Let us stop exercising our problem in God's Presence. Even better let us begin to look at God and ask Him, "What do you want to do here?" The possibilities are beyond comprehension.