DayBreaks for 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?
1 Kings 19:11-13 (NLT) – “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Have you ever entered a room or gone to a store and forgotten why you were there? Why you’d gone there? Hopefully, it soon comes back to you but as we get older, sometimes that recollection takes longer!
Elijah was hiding in a cave on Mt. Sinai (Horeb). He’d run for his life from the wrath of queen Jezebel, who was undoubtedly a genuine terror. There is no indication that he’d sought God’s will before running, and in fact, if you were to read the entire nineteenth chapter of 1 Kings, you’d see that God asks him the same question not once, but twice: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I don’t know for sure, but I think that the emphasis in God’s question was probably on the word, “here”. God was asking, “Elijah, why are you here instead of back where you belong?” Why do I think that? Because right after this question and Elijah’s response, God sends him back to the place he’d fled shortly before.
It is easy for us to wind up in the wrong place when we don’t ask God’s direction to start with. We, like Elijah, conclude that it obviously makes sense to flee or to go to this place or that. The problem is that while it may make sense to us, God’s ways DON’T make sense to us because His thoughts and ways are different than ours. God had some other plan for Elijah, and by running to the cave and hiding, Elijah was working against God’s plan, much like Jonah’s running from God did.
But here’s what I love. God could have shouted the question at Him, but He whispered it. God is so tender towards us, so gentle with us!
We all need re-direction from time to time. Are you where God wants you to be right now? If you aren’t sure, ask Him…and then listen very silently and very carefully. But know this: if you are not where He wants you and He makes that clear to you, you must act on that knowledge and go where He directs you!
PRAYER: Search our hearts, reveal to us Your desires for where we should be, what we should do, where You want us to go, Lord. Keep us from self-deception, fear and the comfort of complacency that would keep us in the same place forever rather than following Your lead! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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