My Musings – Elijah had just faced down 400 prophets of Baal. Both a symbolic and a literal mountaintop experience. Perhaps the zenith of his ministry. An awesome display of God’s power and presence. Yet here he was, on the far side of the desert, cowering in fear over the Queen’s threats to his life.
Sometimes, after an exhilarating mountaintop experience of boldness and ecstasy, we find ourselves plunging deep into a valley of fear and despair. But most of the time, when we find ourselves in a place that we should not be, it follows a period of unguarded complacency.
Whatever the occasion, we need to listen to God’s voice saying “what are you doing here.” It is a call to bring us to our senses and see the height from which we have fallen. Like in the garden (Adam where are you?), He knows exactly where we are, what we are doing and how we got there. But He want us to know it too. Until we do, it would be fruitless to command us to go back the way we came.
My Advice – Watch the “road signs” to keep yourself on track. If you do get off track, realize how you got there so you can know how to “go back the way you came.“