Did you ever wake up in a strange place and ask, “How did I get here?” It’s easy to know where you’re headed; but it’s not always so easy to stay on course. There are those moments of befuddlement when even squared away Marines discover they are in the wrong location.
This is, of course *Not* a good thing during combat. And Everything the Christian does in this world is pretty much combat with our Adversary.
Elijah was one of God’s outspoken spokesmen in the Old Testament. He challenged the 450 priests of Baal, to determine whose God was real. God proved Elijah to be on the right side. Even so, Elijah felt like a victim instead of a victor. He had upset King Ahab, a pro-Baal king, and had become a wanted man.
I Kings 18:21: Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
But the people said nothing.
Elijah hid in the desert. There God sent supplies saying, “Elijah, these are some things you will need for your trip.” Elijah didn’t think he was going anywhere; he saw himself as out of the game. Instead God told Elijah, “Get ready to go. I’m sending you where you should be.”
I Kings 19: 10-13
And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Just because you get off course doesn’t mean that you’re out of the race. Double check your steering marks and get back in the race. Let God place you where you should be.
(Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System)