1 Kings 19:11-13 (Holman Christian Standard)
11 Then He said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the LORD's presence." At that moment, the LORD passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard [it], he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Elijah had been on the run from Jezebel after he had ordered the priests of Baal to be slaughtered. He had run to the point of exhaustion. Then he got up again and continued on his journey until he found a cave to hide in. In the verses above Elijah has been called by God to come listen to Him. He looks all around trying to seek out where God is. Then God asks him for the second time, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

There are times in life where we are just on top of the world. Everything is going our way and life is running smoothly. It’s during those times we find contentment and peace. But eventually life takes a turn and we find ourselves faced with circumstances which seem beyond our control. Suddenly we go from the contentment and peace to depression and loneliness. Where it seemed like God was taking care of everything, it now seems as though God is absent. Elijah felt that way as he hid alone in the cave. But God is always present and called to Elijah, not once, but twice. God wasn’t going to let Elijah forget He was with him. Then gently God came and spoke to Elijah, because He knew the struggles Elijah had been dealing with. “What are you doing here, Elijah?” It was God’s way of asking why you are letting a difficult situation take over when I am here. Have you stopped lately to ask yourself where you are? Have you been in a place where you forgot God was there? Pray God would take over when circumstances are difficult. Pray God would take you out of the cave of despair and bring joy back to your life.