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  What Are You Doing, Elijah?  
 
 

1 Kings 19:9-18
9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
10 He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken 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."
11 The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
14 He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken 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."
15 The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.
16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.
17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.
18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him."


Elijah has turned out to be a grumbler here, ever after God doing great things through him just recently. But God was not finished with Elijah, God never thought Elijah is over.

God told him to go to the mountain, yet Elijah confined himself in the cave. Both the powerful wind and the earth quake were incapable of expressing what God wanted to tell Elijah. Neither it could console Elijah. But when he heard the gentle whisper, Elijah came ou of his cave where he confined himself. God had the same question which he asked before. “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Do our soul ask ourseves this question, when we lie down to sleep everyday? What I was doing today? Do you try and avoid this question, like someone who lost his capacity to respond? Can we find enough excuses which is valid before God?

When Elijah complained about his loneliness, God gave him Elisha as a companion. When he complained that Israel had rejected God and there is no point in preaching to them, God provided him 7000 prophets who never bow their knees before Baal. When Elijah complained that the king wants to take Elijah’s life, God told him to appoint Jehu, who later eradicated Baal worship in Israel. When he complained that his life is in danger, God did not allow him to see death, he was taken up to heaven alive. God was not finished with Elijah, for sure. Do you think God has finished with you?

Let’s go to God today, praying earnestly for giving us the faith that we believe every good things has started all over again in our life, not ended.

Prayer idea

What are your dreams for God and his kingdom? Rekindle those lost dreams. If you don’t have one, repent and start having dreams.