“There he came to a cave and spent the night in it; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9
The Lord’s inquiry about Elijah’s location was more than physical. He wanted to know why Elijah was there. He wanted to know why Elijah was in hiding. Elijah recognizes the intent of the Lord’s inquiry:
“He said, “I have been very zealous (impassioned) for the Lord God of hosts (armies) [proclaiming what is rightfully and uniquely His]; for the sons of Israel have abandoned (broken) Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I, only I, am left; and they seek to take away my life.” 1 Kings 19:10
Elijah was tired, friends-Spiritually, physically, and emotionally. His words tells us that he was weary, he was doing everything right and he was still dealing with strife and enemies. Doesn’t his reasoning sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself telling the Lord how tired you are? Have you ever ran and hid from doing what the Lord called you to do-because you were tired or scared? It’s hard to judge Elijah when we may have respond just like him in our weary state.
There was a promise awaiting Elijah and there is one awaiting us on the other side of our hiding place:
The harvest is awaiting you, sister! On the other side of exhaustion, on the other side of your weariness-the harvest is there! Elijah’s harvest was found in hearing the Lord’s voice, Elisha, and the promised remnant that was devoted to Him. The harvest was beautiful for Elijah and your reward is sweet as well!
Let’s consider the model presented in 1 Kings 9. The Word of God tells us that our reward is hearing the voice of our Amazing Father, receiving help for the task ahead, and a community of support. When we work hard for the Father, we can reap the harvest He has for us. We have to step out of our hiding place. We have stop hiding and seek out the Father.
Evaluate your location: What are you doing here? It’s time to come out and get your harvest!
Peace and Blessings