Benny Hinn, who recently spoke at Cleveland's Wolstein Center, did a rather brilliant study on the life of Elijah and much of this work will be taken from wisdom he shared in his seminar, Operating in the Anointing.
Known as the fiery prophet, Elijah is perhaps most famous for standing up to several hundred prophets of Baal, and for running from a woman whose name has become an adjective for everything despicable, Jezebel.
Elijah didn't just hide from the evil queen; he travelled for weeks to get as far away from her as possible. For 40 days and nights he fled until he arrived at the mountain where Moses received the Law from God, Mount Sinai.
Perhaps he went there because it was a place filled with meaning, a sacred space. He may have gone there to inspire his spirit to continue to fight. Or maybe it was simply the most distant territory he knew where to hide.
Whatever his reasons, we know when he arrived he was ready to give up and told the Lord he was alone and wanted to die.
He looked for answers to thunder down from above. Instead, he heard a whisper in the wind ask, 'What are you doing here Elijah?' (1 Kings 19:13).
It is the first of many questions God will ask of his prophet, and as we will see, of each of us.
There comes a time(s) when each us finds ourselves at a crossroads, when things are far different than we imagined, when we may be tempted to give up. Then, a still small voice whispers, 'What are you doing here?' How we answer will drive our destiny.
Elijah was hiding in a cave, staying as far away from the world as he could. It was in his moment of despair, when he was most tempted to give up that the Lord spoke. Elijah still had much to do, some of his greatest miracles lay before him.
What are you doing here, the voice asked. He was not where he was supposed to be, he was destined for something more. The question was designed to prompt him to take up his mantle and continue moving toward his destiny.
As James A. Cusumano shares in his book Balance: The Business-Life Connection, Ray Kroc was 52 when he founded McDonalds; Harland “Colonel” Sanders was 65 when he opened Kentucky Fried Chicken. Both of these men had to answer the question at a turning point in their lives, What are you doing here? They saw there was much more for them to do, and because they knew how to answer the question millions of lives have been impacted.
So the question comes to you as well, are you where you are supposed to be? If not it is time to make a change. All you need do is simply follow the voice in the wind. Tomorrow we will see the next question we all must answer.