“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?” – 1 Kings 19:13
How easy it is to hide in the midst of trouble, trial, or hardship. You know that saying; “I just want to crawl/hide under a rock”, sometimes life will make you feel that way. Hardships and emotions pour out endlessly from what you are facing and sometimes you just want to crawl under a rock. Elijah pretty much did this. He ran until he couldn’t run anymore from his problem, in a nutshell Jezebel had threatened to kill him because his God outdid hers. Elijah had just had the most amazing God filled miraculous experience and then, a death threat came his way and he ran. He didn’t just run though, he desired to die. He told God that was it, he was done, he had nothing left in him. So Elijah goes into a cave and is dealing with his own depression.
You see, if the devil can’t hurt you one way he’s going to try to get you in another way and he’s annoying as heck! That’s why the Word of God in Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us to put on the full armor of God daily. It gives us specific direction on what to put on spiritually so we can be prepared and fight the frustrating battles the devil tries to rage against us. Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” That’s pretty clear that people are not the problem, the spiritual evil and darkness is the true problem. What lies beneath in ones spirit is the root of all that is truly going on. Prayer and fasting are an ultimate source of strength and victory. If we can’t truly believe and be assured that God is going to come through in prayer and fasting, then we might as well run till we can’t run anymore and hide ourselves in a cave of despair.
Even then, God is so merciful and loving. He asks Elijah a simple question, already knowing the answer yet listens to His child. He says, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” As simple as that and Elijah answers Him truthfully. Elijah doesn’t make an excuse. He tells God the truth and God tells Him now go about the business I have for you. God doesn’t smite him or tell him that he is now unfit or unqualified for the position of which God had him in. Instead, he tells him to go on, get up, get out, and get moving!
So, I ask you today, what are you doing here? Get on, get up, get out and get moving!
Prayer: God, at times life can get overwhelming. Sometimes it gets the best of me and makes me feel like I’m inadequate. I see victories and experience life changing moments, yet I end up running and hiding. Get me out of the cycle of running and hiding. I don’t want to be here anymore, I want to be about Your business and not my own. Don’t let my emotions get the best of me that I stop halfway. Thank You for Your mercy and loving kindness in my life. I am not unqualified or inadequate! I will get on, get up, get out and get moving! Amen!