By Michael Quinton
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
1 KINGS 19:1-18
This is the story of the Prophet Elijah, but it is also the story of you and me in our daily walk with God.
God sent Elijah to preach to Israel during the reign of the most wicked rulers: King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. It was a time very much like the days we now live in.
Elijah had prophesied there would be no rain for three years and God withheld the rain. Elijah had prayed for the rain to return, and God opened the Heavens with a downpour.
Elijah had challenged the false prophets of the idol Baal. God sent miracles to prove Elijah was His prophet and that Elijah was speaking the truth.
Have you ever experienced wonderful times like these in your Christian walk and were feeling like you were so blessed and on “cloud nine”?
So was Elijah.
Then Queen Jezebel pronounced a bounty on the head of Elijah, and he fled into the wilderness in fear for his life.
God finds him hiding in a cave at Mount Horeb. The same mountain Moses had ascended to receive the ten commandments. At the time of Moses, it was known as Mount Sinai.
Elijah had fled back to his “comfort zone” when he was faced with adversity.
God asked Elijah: “What are you doing here?” 1 Kings 19:9
Elijah attempted to make excuses to God of why he had not trusted God even after the miracles God had provided Elijah.
Isn’t this what we do? We trust God if things are going “our way”.
God then has Elijah come out of the cave and there was a great wind, an earthquake, and a raging fire, but God was not in the spectacular; God was in the small, still voice.
- We cannot go back to the past. We must never forget the past, but not live in the past.
- God lives in the promise of the present and the future. Let’s trust Him. Lamentations 3:22-23
The question God asked Elijah long ago still begs an answer today from you and from me.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”
Michael Quinton is Pastor of Mesquite Baptist Church, 742 W. Pioneer Blvd., Suite A.
Sunday worship is at 10:30. We can also be found on Facebook and our website: mesquitebaptistchurch.com
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