1 Kings 19:1-21

1 Kings 19:1-21

1 Kings 19:9Vintage message from March 26, 2000.

Just because you’ve had major victories in the Lord does not mean that every single time you face a struggle or a trial you are going to be victorious in that struggle or trial. We’re told that we are to daily put on the armor of God. And even though we, today, are indwelt with God’s Holy Spirit does not mean we are not going to have failures in our life. There are things that happen in our life that scare us. There are things that happen in life that discourage us. There are things that happen in our life that we just do not want to face…

That’s the thing that I’ve learned in my relationship with God as well, that when God reveals Himself to us, when the Holy Spirit begins to speak, the earth doesn’t shake. Trees don’t blow down in front of us. That’s what we’re looking for. That’s what we want to see. “Well, if God was real He would do these things in front of me. Then I would know He’s real.” But God doesn’t speak to us that way. God is gentle, and He speaks to us with gentleness…

Fleeing back to the old things. Hiding in those old places. Hiding in religiosity. Thinking that somehow God will honor us, God will respect us because we’re “religious” in some way. God will do great things through us if we show Him how religious we can be…but God says, “What are you doing here?” …God does not want us to run and hide in religion. God does not want us to run and hide in the past. God does not want us running and hiding at all. You know, we sometimes find ourselves in real depths of despair and depression. We find ourselves afraid, and we run and hide. We hide behind our work, …we hide behind our hobbies, and sometimes we just hide. We do not have fellowship. We do not seek the love of the body. We do not allow people into our lives because we’re hiding. And I believe that God would ask us the same question that He asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” Where is it that you’re hiding today? Hear the question. What are you doing here? Why are you hiding? God has done great and mighty things in your life! And going back to the “mountain” isn’t going to help… It’s not by being here [in church] that God sees us as being faithful, but I know a lot of people who hide in church. They use their church experience as their reasoning when they stand before God. “Well, God, I was faithful to You because I went to church every Sunday. Oh well, okay, so I was godless every other day of the week. I did what you required, and I went to church.” It’s a hiding place so that we do not have to deal with the things that God wants to deal with in us. He wants to speak to us. He wants to work in us. He wants to show Himself mighty through us every single day of our life, not just on Sunday, not just in religion. God is not religion, and He does not want religious people. God is the creator of this universe, and He wants relationship with those who would listen to His gentle voice speaking to them, who will seek after Him daily, and trust Him when He says He’s going to do something…

Why did God allow bad things to happen to those who were faithful to Him? …Let me tell you, there’s a lot of things in this life that we just do not understand. There are things in this life we will struggle with that we do not understand, and we try to accuse and blame God for it, and though it may be God Who is doing it, it’s not for the bad but it’s for the good. We sling accusation at God, and God is saying, “But I’m doing it because I love you, and I’m proving you to a society that hates Me…”

What has God called you to? What should you be doing for God? Do you know what you should be doing for God, or are you so busy hiding that you don’t know what you should be doing for God? I’d say it’s time to spend some time with the Lord. Let Him whisper to your heart. Be truthful with Him. He wants worshippers who are going to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Pray from all that is within you, and be truthful with God. “God, I’m a sinner. It’s not Your fault, it’s my fault. I’m here hiding because I’m just a coward. I don’t know how to face life. I don’t know how to do Your will. That’s why I’m here.” And God will tell you what He wants you to do and how He wants you to do it… We can not allow the fear of this world, the fear of the challenge that God lays before us, to send us into hiding, because when we turn to God, the God Who created this universe, God Who can tear rocks apart with the wind, God Who can send an earthquake, we’ll hear Him say, “What are you doing here? I’m more powerful than that.” Don’t you trust that? Don’t you trust that God can take care of your bills? Don’t you trust that God can take care of your food? Don’t you trust that God can meet the needs of your life, even if what He’s called you to might be difficult?… Where are you hiding today? Allow God to come even if the words that He says to you is, “Go back.” Allow God to speak to your hearts.

Pastor Dave Elkins