Elijah was at the end of himself. He had no where to go. He had just done more than was imaginable. He had shown the entire nation of Israel how to follow God. He slew 450 prophets of Baal. Then Jezebel turned her full wrath on him.
If you read 1 Kings 18 and 19 carefully you will discover a few things:
- God didn’t ask Elijah to take on the Baal prophets.
- Elijah knew what it would take to turn Israel to God and stepped up to the task.
- Elijah knew Obadiah personally, yet had turned so myopic that he still thought he was the only prophet left.
- Elijah eventually even sent his servant away.
Elijah appears to have been very cerebral and had the ability to isolate inside his own head. However, in his isolation, when he was at the end of himself, he knew how to find new direction.
Elijah ran. He didn’t run away, he ran to the mountain of God. At the mountain of the Lord, God engaged Elijah in a discussion. I don’t know about you, but when I go to God for direction, I really wish he would give me a 1, 2, 3 approach. God cares so much more for us than this. God engaged Elijah in conversation.
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” God asked. Not once, but twice. In between the two questions, God gave Elijah an object lesson. “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” God says.
What do you expect when you pray for God to show up in your life? A mighty wind whipped through the mountain. Then an earthquake shook the ground. Finally, a firestorm swept away the rubble. I think a lot of time we expect mighty moves of God that shake our world and clean it up. But God wasn’t in any of the devastation. They were mighty precursors to His presence.
When God showed up, it was in the form of another soft, gentle conversation. “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah had lost his focus, but he knew where to turn. Then God helped him narrow his focus. The wind, earthquake and fire helped him determine the answer to God’s repeated question – what do you want from God?
Once Elijah’s body was rested and his heart was focused, then gave him his new direction.
- Here’s your new tasks for Israel
- Here’s your new tasks for Judah
- And by the way, you aren’t alone, I’m the one in charge
Many of us have found this is the time in life to refocus our lives. Here are the steps:
- Run to God
- Wait on Him
- Ride the Storms
- He will Answer, He will help you refocus and He will give you new direction
- Wait for Him time, and be ready for His answer to come suddenly