Note: This is part 2 of a 3-week series. Click here to read Part 1: Overdone. Check back next Monday for week 3!
“Then the word of God came to him: ‘So Elijah, what are you doing here?’ ‘I’ve been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,’ said Elijah. ‘The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.’ Then he was told, ‘Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by’.” 1 Kings 19: 10-12
Have you ever felt like the only one? You are the only one in the minority against the whole majority. You are the only one who doesn’t go to bars and get drunk. You are the only one who has sacrificed their career to care for you children. You are the only one who is a Christian at your workplace. You are the only one who serves at your church every week. Sometimes it can seem as if you are the only one.
Elijah had heartily committed himself to fulfilling God’s call on his life, yet he looked around and saw no one. It felt like he was the only one. But, God was in the desert place with Elijah. He saw Elijah in his distress and reached out to him. Why did God want to know why Elijah was in the desert if He already knew the answer? God continually pursued relationship with him; God was not content with Elijah hiding out in the desert without having a conversation about it. God came to meet with Elijah in the desert, and He will come meet with you in the desert too. Although you can feel lonely when you experience desert seasons in your life, God is as present then as when you are celebrating His faithfulness. God reached out to Elijah, and He is reaching out to you. Find the mountain in the desert and create a meeting place with God. He’s closer than you realize.