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1 Kings 19:1-18 WHAT DOEST THOU HERE?
· Elijah was a mighty man of God who was used by the Lord in a wonderful way during his life time. Elijah steps onto the stage of history, from out of nowhere, with a bold pronouncement for King Ahab. After that moment, we are allowed to watch as God took this unknown prophet and formed him into the man of God.
· God came to him with a message of hope and encouragement. But, God also came with a message of confrontation. In verse 9, the Lord asked Elijah, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” Elijah was in a place that he should not have been and God intended to bring him back.
· There are times when we all find ourselves in a place like Elijah. We get discouraged; we get defeated and we get down and out. Have you ever been there? Sure you have! We all have. In fact, some are there right now, aren’t you?
· This passage has something to say to us during those times of life. When you find yourself in a place like Elijah, you can rest assured that God will come by and ask you the same thing he asked Elijah, “What doest thou here?”
· Let’s find out why Elijah wound up where he did and how the Lord brought him back. I want to preach for a few minutes on the subject: What Doest Thou Here?
A. v. 3a He Saw The Wrong Things –
B. v. 3b-4a
He Sought The Wrong Things
– Elijah “went for his life,” yet he “requested for himself that he
might die.” What is happening
here is two-fold. First, Elijah was
concerned about his own safety. Second,
he was concerned with getting his own way.
His primary concern was his own will and his own way! (
C. v. 4b He Said The Wrong Things – Elijah said, “I am not better than my fathers.” Well, who told him that he was anyway? Ill. Troubles will come!
II. v. 5-8 THE COMPASSION THAT CALMED HIM
A. v. 5 Notice God’s Gentleness – No
rebuke, just a tender touch. (
B. v. 5-8 Notice God’s Grace – Instead of judgment, the Lord gave him grace.
1. v. 5 The Grace Of God’s Presence –
2. v. 6-7
The Grace Of God’s Provisions
– God met his needs, even when Elijah was going his own way,
3. v. 5-8 The Grace Of God’s Patience – God did not write him off because God still had a plan – Jer. 29:11. (Thank God for grace!)
III. v. 9-18 THE CONFRONTATION THAT CURED HIM
A. v. 9 God Confronted His Actions – God did not call Elijah to live in a cave, but to stand up for the Lord. By the way, God did not save you for you to be discouraged and defeated. He saved you to experience His peace and His joy, Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 1:8.
B. v. 11-13 God Confronted His Attitude – Elijah wanted to see the spectacular and the majestic. God had to teach him to look at the little things. (Ill. Too often, we get defeated when God does not do the big things in our lives. If we would learn to praise Him for the little things, we would have plenty to praise Him for! We need to remember that God’s greatest work is the work that moves the heart!)
C. v. 14-18 God Confronted His Assumptions – Elijah made two foolish assumptions and became defeated as a result.
1. v. 14, 18
Elijah Assumed That He Was
Forsaken – God reminded him that he still had 7,000 pure hearts in
2. v. 15-17 Elijah Assumed That He Was Finished – Elijah thought his life and ministry were over, and he was ready to die. God reminded him that he still had big plans for Elijah’s tomorrow.
Conc: Are you in a place you don’t like today? If so, let me encourage you to heed the voice of the Lord. He wants to lead you out of that place into a place of blessing, glory and power. If He is speaking to you, now it the time to listen to Him!