“The word of the Lord came to Elijah and said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’” [1 Kings 18:11a]
Elijah has fled for his life, for Jezebel wants to kill him. The Israelites had forsaken God’s covenant, destroyed their altars and killed many prophets. Elijah had also slain the Baal prophets, which is why Jezebel is out to kill him. Even though escaped with his life, he was done with being a prophet and he told God he just wanted to die. Elijah didn’t wanted death or a new job description. I don’t blame him. Being a prophet puts one life at risk because prophets challenge what is with what could be. It is difficult work and sometimes deadly. But, God doesn’t answer Elijah’s plea. Instead, God gives him yet another command, “Go out and stand on the mountain…for the Lord is about to pass by.” What is interesting is although Elijah is in a mountain, he has found a comfortable cave! I’ll listen, but I am going to hedge my bet and stay safe inside. Safety personally and communally is huge factor as we walk through life. We don’t want to be in harms way, hence why our lives were turned upside down and inside out by pandemic protocols. Yet, safety first in our walk of faith will hamper our ability to partner with God. At times, like Elijah, we are called out of the safety of our caves to listen to the voice of God and then to willingly respond, even if it is risky.
Calling God, I admit I prefer safety and security for the living of my days. I don’t want to be a voice that calls others to the vision of your kin-dom. It is just too risky most days. Forgive my reluctance and instill within me an openness to your voice and the courage to respond to your voice. Amen.