WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
Today God is asking every one of us the question, "What are you doing here?" Yes, let us think, reflect and ponder about what we are doing. Every man and woman is born into the world with a purpose and with the plan of God. We must first understand why we are here and what we are doing. Whatever talent God has bestowed on us must be used for God. We are to be used as tools and instruments for God's glory and the furtherance of God's kingdom.
The Example Of Elijah
In these end times, as saints and prophets of the Almighty God, we should know where we stand and what the tasks assigned for us by God are. This question was posed to the prophet Elijah twice by God when he was oppressed, neglected, devastated and left alone. He despaired of his life and prayed to God to take away his life. However, when there was a threat on his life by that wicked woman Jezebel, he ran for his life to a hideout. He went a day's journey, sat under a juniper/broom tree praying to God to take his life away, and slept under the tree, waiting to die. But a paradoxical incident takes place; instead of dying, an angel of God wakes him up and he gets up to see a baked cake and a jar of water by his side. The angel asked him to eat and drink, he ate and slept again. The second time the angel asked him to eat and drink, and added, "because the journey is too great for you." The Bible says Elijah went with the strength of the food forty days and forty nights to the mountain of the Lord in Horeb.
Often this kind of attitude or tension arises among believers. We are either bored to death or suffocated with life's problems and worries so that we crave to end our lives. Sometimes we pray to God to take away our lives as Elijah did. But when we lay our lives on God's altar, what happens? The Bible says, "Whosoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whosoever loses his life will preserve it" (Lk.17:33). Moreover, God Himself is life; He won't remove life, but gives life. When we go to Him, He revives us and gives us life. "He is the resurrection and the life" (Jn.11:25).
Several years ago, while I was engulfed with invariable problems and physical ailments, I offered my life on the altar of God; immediately like Elijah I was revitalised with new vigour and strength. All the weakness and ailments departed and I was renewed like an eagle to do more mighty service for God. "He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might He increases strength" (Isa.40:29).
When Elijah was sleeping under the broom tree in despair, the angel of God woke him up twice by offering him hot baked cakes and water to drink telling him that he has a great journey ahead of him. He got up, ate the food and went with its strength 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, the mount of God. There he lodged in a cave. Again the word of God came to him asking the same question, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" Elijah complained again about so many things that happened to him and the prophets, and how he was left alone. Then God asked him to ascend up the mountain and stand upon the mount before God, when the Lord passed before him; the mountains were rent into pieces and there were great earthquakes and fire. But God did not present Himself either through the wind, earthquake or fire, but with a still, small voice. God knows the weakness of humans, how frail we are and that His power is too strong for us; that's the reason why He talks with us in a still, small voice; by this we can comfortably hear His voice and feel His omnipresence. When we crave for His presence, He comes to us and speaks gently with us.
Look at the assignments that God gave to a man who wanted to die. "Go and anoint Hazael to be king over Syria; anoint Jehu to be king over Israel; anoint Elisha to be prophet in your place." God elevated him to anoint kings and prophets. When we humble ourselves, God will elevate us and make us to do things which are too great and things we can't imagine. From under the broom tree Elijah was elevated and made to walk a long distance 40 days and 40 nights with the celestial food. From a cave he was lifted up to mountain heights and was used to anoint kings and prophets.
In Remembrance Of Jesus
We can compare the celestial food offered to Elijah by the angels to the body and blood of Jesus Christ who offered Himself to us saying, "Take, eat. This is My body," when He broke the bread, then He took the cup and said, "Drink of it, all of you" (Matt.26:26). Jesus urged us to do this in remembrance of His death for our sins and as often as possible. By doing so, we become stronger physically and spiritually, grow in Him and become one with Him, eventually preparing us to work more effectively for Him. When we are weak, God refreshes us with His Word which provides extra nourishment. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matt.4:4).
God doesn't like our quiet resignation. He expects some worthwhile works from us, such as involving ourselves in evangelism, preaching, teaching, writing, witnessing, praying, helping and so on. We are not supposed to hide ourselves in remote corners of the world gratifying ourselves, but we are asked to go and speak out and spread the Gospel (good news) to all men in all nations. Many a time we feel lethargic, cowardly and insecure, procrastinating the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus.
Perhaps Jesus is asking the same question to you, "What are you doing here, why are you hiding?" Don't hide yourself, rise up and go wherever God leads you. Pray and ask God for His perfect guidance in your life. He will anoint you with the Holy Spirit and raise your head up to anoint people and win souls for His kingdom. Let's pray and ask God for more anointing in our lives.