1 Kings 19:1-13, Common English Bible
For many people if God asked them “What are you doing here?” they would find it intimidating to respond. The question God asks us is always about our relationship with the Almighty, our neighbor and the world. It’s extremely difficult to answer about our relationship to the world because the world of activities and people can drain us. God is asking Elijah, “What are you doing here?” The question emerges from a too busy and exhaustive lifestyle that has driven Elijah to burnout.
God’s question to Elijah is calling him to reexamine and then reorder his life around what’s most important to God. God’s perspective is the most important alignment we can have in this life. So how does Elijah realign his life so that he can answer the question, “What are you doing here?”
God reveals to Elijah what is takes to stay aligned with God’s perspective.
Stopping gives us to time to be still!
He lay down and slept under the solitary broom bush. 1 Kings 19:5
Being still prepares us to listen for God’s voice!
The Lord said, “Go out and stand at the mountain before the Lord. The Lord is passing by.” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the Lord. But the Lord wasn’t in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet.” 1 Kings 19:11-12
Listening to God means getting closer!
When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat. He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance. A voice came to him and said, “Why are you here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:13
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“See people God’s way!”