What are you Doing Here, Elijah?
“And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He said, I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.’ 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; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:9-12
In chapter 19 of 1 Kings, Elijah is on the run fearing for his life from the voice of Jezebel (the world). This voice of the world caused Elijah to become spiritually deaf, so much so that Elijah ran from his call from God. What Elijah didn’t know is that our Sovereign God was in control allowing Elijah to run right to Him. Elijah runs right to the Mountain of God. God then speaks to Elijah and says, “What are you doing here?” Basically saying, where are you running to, and why are you in this cave?
Elijah, like us, brings his excuses, but God says, “go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” It is in that simple obedience that God again speaks or rather reminds Elijah on how to hear and obey His voice and to encourage him in who and what he is called to do.
Saints, when we get stuck and the voice of the world detours us from the call, God is faithful to remind us and bring clarity to our fear, which causes us once again to hear His voice and to encourage us in our call.
Pastor Isaac Moscoso