The book of I kings tells us that Jezebel, the evil wife of King Ahab decided that she was going to kill the prophet Elijah. “So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” (I Kings 19:2)
And what did the mighty prophet Elijah do after hearing this news?
He fled in fear and eventually ended up in a cave.
Now, Elijah was in danger. He was faced with a serious threat. The potential was real. His very life was in danger.
At that moment, it didn’t seem to matter to him that God had just displayed his power to 450 prophets of Baal. He just finished living through one of the most amazing miracles recorded in scripture.
The simple fact was that Elijah was afraid and his fear led him to flee to a place where he felt safe and secure.
And that place of security involved a dark lonely cave.
Have you ever found yourself living in a cave? Maybe you’re in one right now?
Like Elijah you may be facing potential danger. Stepping out could involve dangerous risks. Your future might seem uncertain. The possibility of failure may be a powerful enemy.
It’s not difficult to convince yourself that this place is the right place to stay, at least for the time being.
You feel safe, and of course God wants you safe, doesn’t he?
You have a family to care for. You have responsibilities. Others depend on you.
Whatever the situation, you’ve come to a place where you feel safety is paramount. It’s important. It’s right. And it’s your new normal.
It’s interesting to me that even in that cave, Elijah heard from God. God spoke to him. But look at what Elijah had to do in order to fully receive all God had for him. “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” (I Kings 19:11)
In order to receive all God had for Elijah he needed to step out of his place of comfort. He needed to leave his cave.
Living in a cave may seem comforting. You may feel safe and somewhat protected but you will never fully receive what God has in mind for you while you’re there.
Is God calling you to make a change? Is he calling you out? If so trust him to work. If God is calling you to do something, his word promises to provide all you need in order to live the life he has in mind for you to live.
Why not step out today and receive all God has for you. He has an amazing life planned and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t involve a cold, dark cave.