I. Kings 19: 9-13
“What doest thou here, Elijah?” Elijah was fleeing from peril and from God’s work, but he could not flee from God “And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life,” (v.3)
We must not forget that God seeth in secret. Not one of us is out of God’s sight, no feeling eludes his vigilance, David stated,”Thou hast search me and known me…thou understandest my thought afar off…art acquainted with all my ways.” (Psa. 139)
Not only does Jesus know our plans, he also knows the plans of his foes, “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” (Mt. 12: 25)
Jesus understands the desires of the sinful, “And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Mt. 9: 2)
Jesus heard the secret conversations of his followers “And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?” (Mk. 9: 33)
Not only did he hear there secret words, but he lovingly answered their unspoken questions, “Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and he said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said a little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me.” (John 16: 19)
At Horeb, Elijah hid in a cave from the wrath of One named Jezebel, there the voice of Jehovah reached him, saying,
Notice the question comes to the prophet in the hour of his despair. This Divine interruption on Elijah behalf teachers us the means God use to bring us out from our despondency.
Elijah was delivered from his depression by learning the following three lessons That God is always near us. Whatever the sin is that needs pardon, whatever weakness there is that needs conquering, whatever doubt that must be overcome, there is no fear of the issue if we consciously bring it to God. Elijah was saved because he dared to tell Jehovah all that was in his heart.
There were times that Moses was compelled to leave his serves to the elders, that he might speak to God face to face.
The disciples “went and told Jesus” their grief and there fears.”
Our Master himself nerved himself for serves and suffering by prayer on the mountain and the garden.
Satan says, Give up prayer till your difficulties are removed, Christ says,” Come unto me, all ye that labour, and heavy laden, and I will give rest.” (Mt. 28: 29
Success is assured in God. Elijah thought he stood alone.”And I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” (v. 10)
But the Lord had an answer to that statement. “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel.” (v. 18)
Success was not where the prophet had looked for it. The crowds on Carmel had not been radically converted, but the secret worshippers of God had been strengthened by his unbounded courage.
In the Lords ministry,the nucleus of the church was not found in the applauding multitudes on Olivet, but in the few faithful ones in the garden of Gethsemane.
Our work may be greater than we think. No word or work for Christ falls short of its reward. “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but waterth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”(Isa. 55: 11)
That work was waiting.”And the Lord said unto him, Go,” Elijah was not to remain in the cave, any more than the disciples were to dwell on the mount of transfiguration.
For Elijah own sake and for the good of others he was to be up and doing God’s bidding.
If you desire to be saved from despondency, and doubt, throw yourselves into the work of God. Do with all your might what your hands find to do: and your service will restore tone to your mind, and bring hope to your heart, and prepare you to hear the “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The question came to Elijah while he was in a false position. The question came to Elijah in the cave of concealment. “What doest thou here, Elijah.”
God sees the secret sin. He knows the iniquity of that society applauds, and the day is coming when excuse shall be stripped off, and wickedness discovered.
Before that terrible day, when “the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed,” Let us come to the feet of a pardoning God to day.
The question came to Elijah in the cave of downheartedness, to all God says “Come now, and let us reason together .”
The question came to Elijah in the cave while he liked ambition. Years of profession unrelieved by a single act of service or sacrifice call for repentance.
The question comes to the sorrowful in the cave of murmuring, “Lift up the hands that hands down,”
Suffer your Redeemer to bring you out of the horrible pit, and “Put a new song into your mouth, even praise unto our God “ What does thou here”