Why are you on the run, Elijah?” 1 Ki 19:9
Elijah did not compromise. On Carmel he confronted the issues. The Israelites were worshipping false gods. Perhaps many of them were unaware their idolatry was evil. What they did looked very religious:
They were offering sacrifices, burning incense, and singing sanctimonious songs! In fact they were doing what their king and queen were doing.
Led astray by royalty and even priests, today many people are conditioned to accept as normal what the Bible terms destestable, and abominable.
Let’s stand against sin today : Jesus called us to be LIGHT, in a dark world.
Once any sin is accepted as not sinful, then there can be no hope for the sinner – whatever the sin.
Salvation and forgiveness can only come after repentance. (READ: Ps 32:5-6).
Elijah was on the run. Afraid of the wicked queen Jezebel, he hid in a cave!
Are we like that? Things are changing so fast around us.
The people who used to stand for truth are selling out to error and sensationalism – because those are the things that build big churches.
If you do not confront you will be depressed, and if you do confront, you will be dropped.
So we just hide and hope things will get better?
Come out of the cave and we will have HOPE:-
God is not always where we think He is. See 1 Kings 19:11-12.
Elijah heard a strong wind! But God was not in the wind.
We cannot always trust the things we hear!
We expect God’s presence in noisy demonstrations.
But apart from the rushing mighty wind and tongues of fire of Pentecost, most of man’s encounters with divinity have been celebrated in quietness and reverence.
Elijah felt a mighty earthquake. But God was not in the earthquake.
We cannot always trust the things we feel!
Elijah saw a great fire. But God was not in the fire.
We cannot always trust the things we see!
God is always where we are.
Although it appeared that Elijah had good reason for despondency, he did not.
God was there, and God was in control, and that was enough.
“And it was so, when Elijah heard it that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:13
It is time to come out of the cave! We do not need to hide in a cave, or in a corner, when we can be assured of God’s presence.
God does not want us to hide when there is a battle to fight. God always has a plan!
The enemies of God who led the people astray into sin, would now be dealt with.
The righteous are so righteous we do not want to offend people. So we do not stand up. And we often hide when we should fight.
“Fight the good fight of faith!”