Tempted To Doubt?

“…What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:13 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you could only sit and ask yourself, “What am I doing here? Or, “How did I get here?”

When we get off the narrow path in our walk with God we can find ourselves in places we never intended to be—we can even find ourselves participating in activities we know we shouldn’t be doing.  This happens when we don’t abide in what we know to be right, and it starts when we take our eyes off of God and His Word and we put them on the things we are being tempted with.

These temptations can come in many forms, ranging from lust, anger, unforgiveness, coveting, anxiety and fear, just to name a few.  We compound the problem when we make the choice to not turn around and head straight back to God.  Instead we can choose to cut our own trail in an attempt to shake off our sinful patterns in our own power and in our own ways.  Unfortunately, we are really just continuing to run in the wrong direction.  Eventually we will find ourselves lost.  

We can see this happening to the Prophet Elijah in the book of 1 Kings.  God had used Elijah mightily to reveal Himself to the people.  Sadly, just after his victory over several hundred false prophets of Baal, Elijah took his eyes off of God and found himself fearing for his life and running away from where God wanted him.  Elijah had been zealous for the Lord, but he now no longer put his trust in God—instead he chose to run non-stop for 40 days and nights. Finally he made his way to the top of a mountain and found a cave to hide in.  It was there where he basically proceeded to curl up on the cave floor and quit.

We can find ourselves doing the same thing.  We might not run for 40 days and nights straight, nor will we likely end up in a cave cut from solid rock on top of a mountain like Elijah—but it could occur right in our very home, as we choose to take our eyes off the Lord.  The result however will be the same as we choose to check out in our Christian walk, because we fear what we are facing.

I find it interesting how God came to Elijah during this time when he lacked the faith he needed to trust Him.  God’s question to Elijah is a sobering one, as He comes to him in his defeated state and asks him, “What are you doing here?”  It’s almost as if God was saying, “Elijah – seriously dude?  After all I have done in your life are you really beginning to doubt my love and protection and plan for you?”  And much like a loving father giving his defiant infant a loving pat on the butt to send him in the right direction, God directs Elijah off the mountain and back to face the very thing causing his fear (1 Kings 19:15). 

I want to encourage you to keep your eyes upon God and never doubt His ability to do what is best for you in every situation.  We should remember this story about Elijah the next time we are afraid and are tempted to run away.  If we are going to run, then we should be running to God, because this is where we will find a safe shelter. 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 18:10 what can we learn about our Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself like Elijah – running away in fear, rather than trusting God in the midst of the trial?

PRACTICAL APPLCATION: Seek the Lord in every decision.  Choose to stand fast and allow God to do what He has purposed to do through you.  When we realize God is in control our fear with dissipate. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYAER: Father, thank You for giving us this example to learn from.  Thank You for reminding me of Your truths.  Help me to remember these things when I am tempted to run in fear.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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