Thursday, March 30, 2006

Why am I here?

1 Kings 19:1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them."
3 Elijah was afraid [
a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." 5 Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." 6 He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
7 The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.
The LORD Appears to Elijah
And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
10 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."
11 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. 13 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?"

I'm not gifted to preach, but I did want to share my thoughts on something a preacher did preach. The scriptures above were our main scriptures that we read last night, and they're definitely interesting. But the thing that the pastor lightly touched on was the thing that affected me the most. After all that had happened, God asks Elijah "What are you doing here?" Elijah answers the same way the second time that he answered the first time. It just made me think, how often I get focused on the wind and the storms or the fire and the power that is around me that I wouldn't be able to give a GOOD reason as to why I'm here? When I get into God's presence, if He asked me "What are you doing here?" What would my answer be?
What would your answer be?
Ok, now let's go about our daily lives. You go to work - What are you doing there? You go to the store - What are you doing there? You go to your leadership meeting at church - What are you doing there? Our purpose on earth is the same no matter what situation we go into. It doesn't change because the thing we're doing doesn't 'seem' to have any spiritual value.
So let me ask you this - You're on my blog, seriously, what are you doing here?

Proverbs 3:6 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths

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