What are you doing here?

1 Kings 19:9  He entered a cave there and spent the night. Then the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 

Have you ever found yourself someplace that you weren’t supposed to be?  It’s like being found in the hallway by the principal when you are supposed to be in class.  It’s like running into your pastor while he is doing prison ministry… except you are on the other side of the bars.  The question is: what are you doing here?  It’s a long story, we might say.  Or maybe we will just say, uh…ya…um…well…

Elijah found himself in this situation with the Lord, which is not a good place to find yourself.  He had just finished destroying the 450 prophets of Baal.  He called down fire from heaven.  He was bold, courageous, supernatural, and unstoppable.  But then he got a text message from Jezebel that read: “I M going 2 kill U.”  Of course nobody wants a text message like that.  It would freak me out, that’s for sure.  Actually, I had someone threaten my life once.  It was a crazy young kid that I had to fire.  Creepy.

Back to Elijah.  What gets me about this situation is that this bold prophet of the Lord ran and hid in a cave.  He believed that God could destroy 450 false prophets but wouldn’t protect him from Jezebel.  So he found himself in a place that he shouldn’t have been in.  Do you ever find yourself in those situations?  You are called to live according to the purpose of God in your life, but you are hiding out.  Maybe your cave is fear or maybe your cave is sin.  Whatever the case, the Lord would ask you: “what are you doing here?”  “Didn’t I call you to walk away from sin in your life?  Didn’t I ask you to trust me?”

What cave are you in today?  Can you hear the voice of the Lord speaking: “what are you doing here?”  If so, simply leave the cave and walk into His grace.

 

Fooling Jesus

Luke 20:20 ​Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 

Here’s an idea: let’s trick Jesus.  Yeah, good luck with that.  I mean, what were they thinking?  Did they actually think they could trick Jesus?  What I love about this verse is the part where the spies were going to pretend to be honest.  Yes, “pretend” to be honest.  Their strategy?  Play stupid.  It turns out that’s exactly what they were if they thought they could fool Jesus.  He saw right through it, it says in verse 23.  Strikeout, gutter ball, air ball, epic fail.

So why do we think we can fool Jesus?  We pretend to be one way on the outside with hopes he won’t find out what’s inside.  We go through the motions at church without any intention of ever becoming it.  He knows, people, he knows.  He knows when you are sleeping, He knows when your awake, He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!  And unlike Santa, He’s the real deal!  He knows our hearts.  He knows when we are trying to hide.  He knows when we are faking it.

So let’s be real already.  Get real with Jesus.  Tell him your thoughts, your fears, your sins, your struggles.  Don’t fool yourself into thinking he won’t find out.  Don’t try to convince yourself that if he knew your sin, he wouldn’t love you.  He does know it and he chooses to accept you, love you, and forgive you.  In what areas of your life are you trying to fool Jesus?  Take a closer look and start being honest with both yourself and Him.