“So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (I Kings 19:13).
As we read about the life of Elijah in I Kings, we read about many miracles of God that came through his service as he went and did according to the word of the Lord.
Elijah had first come away from a tremendous spiritual victory in I Kings 18. In fact, the victory won on Mount Carmel was the highlight of his career as a prophet of God.
However, immediately following the victory came a time of serious testing of his faith.
Elijah had stood firm in his faith and God had destroyed all of the prophets of Baal, reaffirming the fact He was Jehovah God.
So now in a horrific fit of anger, Queen Jezebel sent a message to Elijah stating she was planning to kill Elijah because the prophets of Baal had been destroyed.
I Kings 19:1-3. “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.’ And when he saw that he arose and ran for his life…”
So, filled with fear, Elijah fled. Finally, at Mount Horeb he collapsed. That was where God spoke to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” It was a reasonable question to ask. For Elijah was accustomed to living in the shadow of God’s greatness and power. Why was he hiding out like a common criminal?
Are there days in your life when you feel utterly defeated or outnumbered? Do you ever feel overwhelmed and overcome by the wars raging against you or yearnings of the flesh?
Where do you find the strength and will to stand fast and keep fighting the good fight? Where do you look for help when the enemy comes in like a flood?
Like Elijah, maybe God is asking you the same question, “What are you doing here? Why are you running? Why are you fearful?”
God did not give up on His prophet. Instead, He instructed Elijah to “Go, return on your way” I Kings 19:15. God encouraged Elijah to get back on course, and this is what He wants for you. If you have gotten off course, don’t give up. Tell the Lord what you are struggling with, and He will send His encouragement and hope to you and strengthen you with His word.
In times of stress and pressure, take courage, for God is our greatest encourager. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” James 4:10.
Sometimes we think people are our best encouragers because we can see them and touch them. But the most sure and lasting encouragement comes from God because He sees the future and how we fit into it. He knows our needs, and unlike people, He can love us perfectly, exactly as we need to be loved. We should seek encouragement through His word and through prayer, because God promises to hear and comfort us, and He lifts us up.
God’s will for us is, when we slip or get off course is to get back on course.
“ Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
From my heart.