In 1 Kings 19:8-12, we see the prophet Elijah in a troubling place, a CAVE. Elijah after defeating 500 Baal prophets is running from the roar of Jezebel, she said, “if I don’t destroy you like you destroyed my prophets, I shall die.” It was the roar of Jezebel that caused fear to climb all over him as he ends up hiding in a cave. It’s the very theme of today, because of the pandemic, we’re all hiding in our own caves (houses). We’ve been told to stay 6 feet apart, don’t go out side and if you do only be in a group of 10. The question we need to ask ourselves is the very question God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?”
Let’s break that statement down, the question God is asking us is: What, are you doing, here? The answer is found back in verse 8, when God took care of an exhausted Elijah with food and drink and told him he needed his strength for this 40 day and 40 night journey. 40 is an important number in Hebrew history, as we’re battling the Roar of Pan with it’s pandemic spirit of fear through out our land. 40 is mentioned 146 times in scripture, the number symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. So what are we doing in our caves during this testing time? Let’s look at Elijah’s response.
Whenever we go into our caves, out of fear, we’ll get a visitation of the Holy Spirit asking, What’s up?. The test is, what’s in your heart, are you trusting me as the pandemic thunder roll’s through, with lighting of fear flashing in your faces and the earth shaking wind of media spreading lies and deception?. In vs. 11, we see God asking us to come out of our cave and take a stand. This many times is the toughest test of all, having to take a stand. It will take the whole armor of God to stand (Eph. 6:13). We are to test everything and hold fast to what is good. Heb. 10:23, states “Let us hold fast to our confession without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Coming out of our caves will take courage. A still calm is going to come but, will we be ready to hear the still small voice of God speaking to our hearts?. This still small whisper is more powerful than any pandemic ever brought to our land. It’s going to take coming out of your cave and standing at it’s entrance with your mantle pulled over your head. This is a Tallit and had two purposes, one it was pulled over Jewish heads to find the secret place to hear God’s voice. Second, it was a sign of humility as you come before the Lion of Judah. It’s when you’re in the secret place with a humble heart that the Spirit of God will ask you a second time, Now, what are you doing here? He asks us when we’re running and hiding in caves but He also asks us again when we take a stand and hold fast to His truth. We fulfill what Rev. 2:7 says, “Those that have ears to hear what the spirit say’s will be overcomers.”
Question: Have you found yourself hiding in a cave recently, full of fear wondering what’s up or what to do?
Key Thought: While this pandemic storm thunders by we must to be able to hear His still small voice. This takes a person of courage to overcome fear and release their faith. It only happens, when we take a stand and are willing to come out of our caves finding our secret place with Christ with an honest and humble heart.