The Glory of God’s Whisper [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 21, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
When God asks you a question, it isn’t for His education, it is for yours!
Today’s Text: “There he came to a cave and lodged 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, ESV)
Elijah, after defeating 450 prophets of Baal, was nourished by the supernatural food of God and travelled forty days to Mt. Horeb.
The Lord came to visit Elijah in the cave of Mt. Horeb with a powerful prophetic word. But before the Lord gave Elijah the word, God had a question for the prophet: “What are you doing here?” God knew the answer but still asked the question!
Rabbinical educators have always valued the power of a good question. A Hebrew student once asked his teacher, “Rabbi, why do you always answer a question with a question?” The teacher responded, “What’s wrong with a question?” Ha!
God’s question to Elijah wasn’t for God’s information; it was for Elijah’s destiny.
During elementary school years, if my child asked, “Dad, what should I choose as the topic for my research paper?”, my best response was, “Well, what captures your interest? What do you think is important?”
God’s question to Elijah was designed to put the prophet in touch with the aimlessness of his life so he could hear God’s good news of a future and hope. He had accomplished great feats in God’s name and travelled a great distance, but he hadn’t become still enough to discern the word from the Lord about his destiny
When God asked Elijah, “What are you doing?”, Elijah, in introspection had to admit, I’m not really doing anything – I’m aimless. And by asking the prophet what he was doing “here,” God was helping Elijah see how far he was from the place of his real mission. Elijah wasn’t supposed to be in Horeb at all. He had run hard and far, but he had travelled far from his appointed destination.
Elijah didn’t discern the Lord’s meaning at first. So after a great wind and shaking, God spoke again in a quiet whisper: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Then Elijah was ready to hear God. The Lord gave him instructions for the new phase of his ministry. And Elijah went. When God asks you a question, He has a blessing in mind for you. And that’s the Gospel!