Ever ask yourself that question? “What am I doing here?”
You feel out of place, you don’t know anyone in the room. Maybe you’re participating in a competition where everyone around you seems far advanced. Maybe you’ve gotten yourself into a job or relationship that isn’t working out like you expected.
The seeds of doubt creep in. You begin to question your abilities. You don’t know what the next move is.
Welcome to the club!
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah was discouraged. Twice in this chapter God asked Elijah that question. I’m sure Elijah was asking himself the same thing. Both times he responded to God by saying, “Lord I’ve done everything you asked me to do, yet no one will listen to me. My life is a mess and I’m all alone; everyone wants me dead. They’ve killed all the other prophets and they’re trying to kill me.”
Doubt robbed Elijah of his strength and courage. He had already told God he was tired of the fight and ready to die. But God had other plans for him; he needed Elijah to be focused and prepared for what was ahead. So he presented Elijah a demonstration of his power. God used the shattering force of the wind, then the violence of an earthquake, then the raging heat of a fire. In all of these Elijah was not moved. But when he heard the whisper of a gentle breeze, he recognized the holiness of God and knew he could not look upon it, so he covered his face.
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came……..”
I’m sure this is not what Elijah wanted to hear. However, God gave him both physical and spiritual nourishment so that he would regain his strength. After a short retreat, God sent him right back into the battle again.
When you are overcome by doubt and daunted by the size of the storm raging before you, that is the time to turn off the hurricane of noise, sit down and quiet the earthquake of activity, move away from the memorizing fire of temptation and listen for God’s voice in the quiet. It is in that soft voice that you will find peace, release from doubt, renewed strength, and confirmation for your next move.
My mug is raised with a fresh hot brew on this cold morning. I pray you hear the warmth of God’s voice in whatever you face today. Grace and peace!