"What are you doing here, Elijah?"
1 Kings 19:9
God had told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and He would meet him THERE, then
to Zarephath and He would meet him THERE; but now God meets him in a cave in Horeb and asks, "What are you doing
Several significant things have happened in Elijah's life to bring him HERE. No doubt
one of the most significant was that contest on Mt. Carmel with the prophets of Baal and Asherah when he prayed a simple prayer
and fire fell from heaven. It's interesting what fell that day as recorded in 1 Kings 18:
v. 38 - The fire fell
v. 39 - The people fell
v. 40 - The false prophets fell
v. 45 - The rain fell
That's a good example
and formula for revival. The fire must fall on God's people before the world will be brought to cry, "The Lord, He
is God!" Only then will the false prophets be put to flight and the rain of revival will fall; and lest we forget,
the fire fell in response to the simple prayer of a righteous man.
Elijah leaves Mt. Carmel
as hero and it seems that his ministry has finally been launched, he has had his "big event," but he gets a message
from Jezebel that sends him running for his life. He runs 69 miles from Mt. Carmel to Beersheba and another day's journey
into the wilderness, sits down under a juniper tree and begs God to do to him what Jezebel has already threatened to do. It's
interesting that he would run that far and then ask God to do what Jezebel would have done and saved him a 69 mile run. Interesting
also that God didn't rebuke him, but sent an angel to feed him and then sent him another forty days' journey to the cave at
Horeb where He asked, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
One could very well sum
up Elijah's life as CHERITH, CARMEL, the CAVE and later in 2 Kings 2 the CHARIOT. That would make a good sermon outline and
not a bad life's testimony. But, it was in the CAVE that God asked "What are you doing here?"
You may be in the CAVE and wondering, "What am I doing HERE?" The cave in a
lonely place, a place of solitude, away from the fire of Mt. Carmel, separated from the applause of the crowd, safe from the
threats of Jezebel - alone with no one but God. Sometimes we need the cave. What we do in the cave will to a large degree
determine what God does through us out THERE.
We become so enthralled with the crowds that God has
to arrange circumstances that force us to the cave so that we can learn once again to listen not only to the fire and the
wind and the earthquakes, but to His still, small, whispering voice.
What are you doing
HERE?" Are you wallowing in pity because you are not the object of the affection of the crowd? Are you sullen, thinking
that you are the only true prophet left? Are you tired in the work, though maybe not tired of the work? Are you afraid of
what Jezebel might do if you return to your God given calling? Rest awhile - listen closely - then get back to the work assigned
to you by the Lord. Sometimes the greatest things make the least noise. Did you ever hear the sun come up or the planets go
around or the dew fall?
Psalm 46:10-11 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah"