Are you a person who gets lost? Do you compound that with the inability to ask for directions? Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where we end up asking ourselves, “What are you doing here?” You are not alone. There are tons of people who are asking themselves the same question. What’s most important is how you get out of there and on the path to where you need to be.
“He entered a cave there and spent the night. Suddenly, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
First Sign of Trouble
Elijah has just defeated the 400 prophets of Baal. He called down fire from Heaven, and it consumed his sacrifice. For most people, this would be time for a victory parade, but Elijah’s victory infuriated Jezebel, and she wanted him dead. In fear, Elijah ran for the hills and ended up in a cave. When he got there, God asked him, “What are you doing here?” I just helped you defeat the prophets of Baal and one woman threatens your life, and you run in fear?
It is easy to get spooked from time to time. What’s interesting is that it often happens right after God has done a work in our lives. Instead of trusting the Lord to protect us, we run in fear. This causes a chain reaction of bad decisions and the next thing you know you are in a place you didn’t expect to be. The danger here is that we can lose hope and end up staying in that place for a long time. We do that by complaining about how bad our life is.
There is a way out. Elijah listened to the Lord and went on doing the work the Lord gave him to do. He stopped throwing a pity party and got back to what he was supposed to be doing. Our attitude dictates a lot of where we find ourselves. God didn’t give Elijah a pep talk. He just told him to go and do what He asked him. Motion overcomes emotion. Get going and watch as your attitude changes. If you wait for your attitude to change before you go, you may never get going.