Thursday, October 14, 2010

What are you doing here?

I spent some time this week reading in 1 Kings chapter 19. If we know anything about Elijah we know the story of the defeat of the 450 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. That event happens right before this chapter. Immediately in chapter 19 we are taken to a conversation between King Ahab (King of Israel) and his wife Jezebel (who brought Baal worship to Israel). Ahab tells his wife what just happened and she becomes angry. Her immediate response is to threaten to kill Elijah.

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. [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 1 Ki 19:2.]

Elijah, the awesome prophet of God, does something quite unexpected. He flees the area. He runs for the hills. This is the prophet who has just witnessed the hand of God against the prophets of Baal. Why would he do such a thing? I believe that we can ask ourselves the same question. If we have been born again why do we fear the threats of this world? Elijah wound up in a cave on the side of Mt. Horeb. It was here the Word of the Lord came to him and said "What are you doing here, Elijah?". I believe his response is a lot like ours. He replied that he had been working his heart out and he felt all alone and afraid for his life.

A lot of times we feel alone in this battle. We feel that our decision for the Lord sacrifices friends of whom we desire the attention. We, however, must never forget, the one who loves us the most is always there with us. The one who sacrificed His only Son is whispering our name. It was in that "still small voice" that Elijah reconnected with the Father and was told that he was not alone. God loved him and there were seven thousand others that He had reserved in Israel who had not given in to the Baal worship.

What are you doing here? Are you feeling alone? Reconnect with the Father in Heaven through His Word. Listen for His still small voice. Don't walk through this life without the power of God's Word and the Spirit on your life.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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