Disillusionment – The Holy Spirit’s Way of Saying, “What are You Doing Here?”

Dec 27, 2008 by

If you are disillusioned, it means you first anchored your life on an illusion. Our loving Father in heaven gave us the gift of disillusionment to stop us in our tracks and make us think. It is the same process we see with Elijah. The prophet had some really great dreams in his mind regarding Mount Carmel. When you stop and hear what Elijah had to say in his cave in the middle of his depression, you can’t help but see the great hope he had for the nation after the shoot-out at Mount Carmel.

Elijah had high hopes of great change. Perhaps a national revival was in his thinking. But, after the shoot-out, to the naked eye everything seemed the same. Then Jezebel issued her death threat and suddenly, the heart of Elijah started its downward spirial of disillusionment all the way to depression. The cave he hides out in represents his depression.

God comes along and asks a question. “Elijah, what are you doing here?” Why ask such a question when you are God? Well, why ask Adam and Eve why they are hiding? It opens the door for human beings to re-think. “Yes, what am I doing here?”

The gift of disillusionment asks us the same question. God is saying, “Stop and re-think. Don’t quit. Don’t give up, just stop and think. What went wrong? What were you anchoring your life or hopes on? Why were you hanging your hat on a promise I never gave you? Why were you expecting great change so suddenly?”

God had to explain to Elijah that much was being accomplished even if it did not meet Elijah’s expectations or dreams. There were 7,000 people who had not bent their knee to Baal. Work was being done for the Kingdom and more was needed, and it was time for Elijah to come out of his male cave of depression and head back to where he had come from – to do more work for the Kingdom.

It is God’s plan, and God’s family, and many things are happening even if you and I don’t see it. We need to move forward in faith and not set up in our hearts promises that God never gave us. Dis-illusionment is a gift. It can be the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives giving us the correction and direction we need. Next time you feel bewildered and disillusioned, just picture God asking you in a kind voice, “What are you doing here?”

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  1. Sandy

    This article really contained the words I needed to hear.  I have been feeling so like God has let my husband and I down.  He gave us promises concerning his kingdom and the work we were to do.  We had such great faith that what he had said to us, he would do.  But then we didn’t see it.  Time and again we kept holding on in faith, each time our faith failed we would sink to a new level of despair and disillusionment.  We kept rising up again and fighting the good fight of faith, only to be knocked down again by never ending trials and afflictions.  We believed we were being opposed by the enemy and so we would rise up to fight again.  As victory became less frequent and depression began to take a hold we began to wonder if God had abandoned us or we were being punished in some way.  Anger began to take a hold.  We had sought to obey God with all our heart, mind and soul.  Was God now judging us for our failure to overcome the cares and worries of life that accompanies bringing up 4 children? Circumstances beyond our control had overwhelmed us during the previous few years, were we to blame for not being stronger?  I began to see God has uncaring and unfaithful and judgemental.  This caused me deep distress and guilt because I have always thought that I loved the Lord Jesus with all my heart, mind and soul.  How could I be thinking these things?  I was oscillating between believing I was just under attack from the enemy for doing the will of God and believing that God was opposing me for not doing his will!  Which was it?  How could I know – God wasn’t telling!  Why was he seeming ever more distant and why during the times I felt his presence again did he not tell me what the problem really was.  Then suddenly our only means of financial support in the place where God had called us to minister for Him was cut.  We kept thinking God would come through as in times past but he didn’t.  Then it became increasingly clear that we were just going to have to move back to where we came from.  Four years of our life had been given to a dream/call/illusion…what?  Yet it seemed that nothing had come to fruition.  Then the stress of moving, having to part with beloved pets, accept a vastly reduced income, fear for the future and a knawing sense of God having failed us.  And then these words…’Were you hanging your hat on a promise I never gave you?’  God gave us a promise but he did not say we would be around to see it.  He brought us to a certain place to pray.  He told us he would answer our prayers in that place because of his promise to the forefathers.  He brought us miraculously to the place of the 1800s and 1904 Welsh revival and provided for us in the Wilderness for four years while we prayed.  We believed so much that our prayers would be answered and that we would see another outpouring of God’s spirit and be part of it and oh, how we longed for it! These words brought so much comfort at such a time of sadness and anguish as we were boxing up the contents of our home and preparing to leave.   ‘God had to explain to Elijah that much was being accomplished even if it did not meet Elijah’s expectations or dreams. There were 7,000 people who had not bent their knee to Baal. Work was being done for the Kingdom and more was needed, and it was time for Elijah to come out of his male cave of depression and head back to where he had come from – to do more work for the Kingdom.It is God’s plan, and God’s family, and many things are happening even if you and I don’t see it. We need to move forward in faith and not set up in our hearts promises that God never gave us. Dis-illusionment is a gift. It can be the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives giving us the correction and direction we need. Next time you feel bewildered and disillusioned, just picture God asking you in a kind voice, “What are you doing here?” Thankyou so much for this article which has ministered peace in a very difficult time. I know now my brethren are out there and we are one in Him and we are waiting for that precious promise of the father together and great will be our rejoicing when it comes. He loves us and has not failed us.  He is the author and finisher of our faith and we must wait for him no matter what is going on around us right now. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.

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