1 KINGS 19:9 NIV
9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word
of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
Elijah was hiding in a cave, fearful, discouraged, and
Elijah knew God and had seen God do mighty things, even in
answer to his own prayers. Yet he was human, just like the rest
JAMES 5:17 NIV
17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it
would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a
Elijah had only one real problem, and it was not the
adversaries he faced. It was that he got his focus off of God
and onto himself.
To me, God seems amazed at Elijah's hiding. I picture Him
thinking, "Doesn't Elijah know that I am greater than all his
adversaries? Doesn't Elijah know that I will help him?"
I would paraphrase the verse above as, "What in the world are
you doing here, Elijah? Have you forgotten who your God is?
Have you forgotten who you are, a servant of Almighty God?"
Elijah was human — just like us — and we face the same
difficulties in life. But just like Elijah, our real problem is
not the problems we face — but our focus.
We can focus on our inability and lack, or we can focus on
God's ability and abundant provision.
Are you hiding in a "cave" today, afraid to venture forth and
face life? Are you afraid of failure and rejection? Are you
discouraged because things haven't worked out like you thought
What are you doing?! Get out of your "cave!"
God is on your side. The Greater One is in you. The Lord is
your helper. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
SAY THIS: I will focus on God, Who loves me, and Who is greater
than anything I will ever face.