Pastor G spends four weeks covering a few of the highlights of the prophet Elijah. He pulls out examples of how we can live our faith lives based on the experiences of Elijah.
This is week 4 of 4: “Find Your Edge”
Today we are wrapping up a very important series on the life of a guy that is described as a man of God. His name is Elijah. Today, we are going to talk about discouragement that occurred in the life of a man of God, who just had one of the greatest victories ever on Mount Carmel, and after he saw God work in a supernatural way, he came down to a very low point in his life. So, we will pick up the story of Elijah in I Kings 19, starting in verse 1. Here’s what scripture says.
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. – 1 Kings 19:1
Now, let’s backtrack so you will remember who we are talking about. If you remember, Ahab was the evil king. He was the nineteenth consecutive evil king in Israel, and Scripture tells us he had done more evil in the eyes of God than any of those before him. Now, he kind of becomes a wimp toward the end of his reign, and he handed, really, the leadership over to his evil wife, Jezebel, and said, “I don’t really want to do this anymore. I’m kind of wimping out, Elijah showed up all my prophets and then had them all killed and now I don’t know what to do. I quit. So Jezebel steps in and takes over. We see what she does in verse 2.
So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” – 1 Kings 19:2
Like one of them. She’s referring to dead false prophets that Elijah has had put to death. In other words, Jezebel sends the word to Elijah that she has put out a contract on him, a hit. She says, “I’m going to kill you. You are going to be a DEAD man of God by this time tomorrow.” So, our courageous man of God prophet Elijah, what is his response. Verse three says Elijah was …. what? What’s that word? AFRAID!
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. – 1 Kings 19:3a
Huh? Now, now, now, wait a minute. When we read this, this is very confusing, if you think back to all that God had done in Elijah’s life. If you missed the past few weeks, let me just review the story, and when you hear what God has done, and when you see Elijah’s response, it’ll cause you to pause and go, “What?” Week number one, we studied that the king had turned the hearts of the people away from Jehovah God to these false prophets, so God raises up, out of nowhere, this prophet, Elijah, who comes and stands down the king, and says, “Because of your idolatry, it’s not going to rain until I ask God to cause it to rain.” And he pronounces this huge draught, and sure enough, it doesn’t rain at all for three and a half years.
Then, God takes Elijah to a place of cutting, the Karith Ravine, where he’s chopped down, and he’s humbled in a season of hiding, when God miraculously provides for him. God sends ravens that drop meat and, gives him bread and water from a brook that miraculously keeps flowing during the draught. Elijah learns to trust and depend on God.
And then one day the brook dried up, and God led him out of the Karith Ravine to a place called Zarephath, where he met a widow, who had just a little bit of oil, a little bit of flour, and it wasn’t enough to feed herself and her son. She thought she was going to die, and God miraculously multiplied that oil and flour, so that it was enough for her and her son and Elijah. Then, one day, the widow’s son died, and for the first time ever recorded in scripture, Elijah takes this dead boy up into the upper room, prays, and God raises this boy from the dead!
Then God calls Elijah back to go confront King Ahab, and he says, “Get the four hundred and fifty false prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah. Bring them all up to Mount Carmel, and we are going to see who is the real God. Is it your gods, is it Baal the Sun god, the fire god, or is it Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh, the one true God?”
And so, they built a couple of altars, put some bulls on it, and said, “Hey, fire come down. God send fire from heaven”, and all the false prophets do this dance, and they cut themselves, and bleed all over the sacrifice and it goes on all day long, and nothing happens. And then, Elijah trash talks the hundreds of false prophets and says,
“Maybe your god is on vacation. Maybe Baal is sitting on the toilet. Literally, that’s really what he said. Then Elijah has his sacrifice soaked, drenching wet with water, just to up the difficulty level and then Elijah calls on the one true God, and God sends massive, all-consuming fire, whoooom, from Heaven.
It burns everything up, the meat, the wood, the rocks and all the water. And all the people say, “Wow! The one true God is a big God!” They put all the false prophets to death by sword and then Elijah tells Ahab he is going to pray for rain. He goes and prays, “God, send rain. God, send rain. God, send rain.” Seven times he prays, and off in the distance, his servant sees a tiny little cloud the size of a man’s hand forming, rising up from the sea. That’s all Elijah needs to hear. By faith, he believes that is a massive storm coming and he takes action on that faith. Sure enough, God brings back the rain in an overwhelming way!
So Elijah has seen miraculous provision, miraculous protection, actions of his miraculous God, over and over and over again, for years. For years, Elijah has seen the faithfulness of God in his life. And then one day, a woman says, “I am going to kill you,” and he just wigs out. He freaks. He panics, and he runs for his life. What? Guys, if we ran away every time our wife said she wanted to kill us we wouldn’t get anything done am I right? Am I right? So let’s see what happens next. Verse 3.
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” – 1 Kings 19:3-4
Interesting. He just had this great victory, and now he’s praying that his life would end. He, he prays, “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “I give up. It’s too much. Life is too hard. Just take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” Have you ever been there? I have. There have been moments in my life where I felt the same way. I give up!
How do you go from incredible spiritual highs like Elijah was experiencing to this suicidal discouragement so quickly? It actually only takes four short steps. Let’s talk about them. How do you get discouraged in four easy steps? Do what Elijah did.
EXPERIENCING DISCOURAGEMENT IN FOUR EASY STEPS
1) WEAR yourself OUT. Wear yourself out. If you will notice, over the past few years, Elijah had been on this massive spiritual battle, trusting God, praying; trusting God, praying, seeking God, praying, trusting God, battle, faith, battle, faith, battle, and then, he just panics. He runs for his life. And geographically, he couldn’t have run any farther than he did. The place that he ran to was the very southern tip of the country, and then he leaves his servant and runs another day’s journey out into the desert. He went as far as he could, and he was totally and physically exhausted … much like many of you.
You wonder, “Why am I discouraged?” Well, you’ve worn yourself out. Some of you moms, you’re working a full-time job, taking care of the house, putting dinner on the table, carting kids all over the world for sports and dance and hula and other activities, you are involved in the PTA, involved in the church, and you’re wondering why you are so worn out. “Why am I so discouraged?” You’re wearing yourself out.
Some of you, it’s not just a physical exertion, but it’s all up here in your mind. It’s “I’ve got to be there for them, and I’ve to make sure that, that they’re covered. And I’ve got to be strong for everybody. And I’ve got to be the provider. I’ve got to help nurture them. I’ve got to find a way to pay the bills and plan for retirement and it’s all this stuff going off in here in your head. You’re mentally exhausted. You’ve worn yourself out. So, if you want to get discouraged. The first step is to wear yourself out. Step 2 is:
2) SHUT other people OUT.
That’s exactly what Elijah did. He abandoned his closest friend, his servant. He said, “You stay here, and I’m going on alone.” And quite honestly, that’s what a lot of us do when we get overwhelmed. We isolate ourselves. We shut out everyone. “I’m not going to let you in. I’m not going to tell you what I’m going through. If I did, you wouldn’t understand, anyway. If I told you how stressed I am, what a tough time I am having you might lose respect for me or you might use it against me.” So we wall up and we start to push people away. You want to get discouraged? Get all stoic and try to just deal with all of life all on your own with no support structure around you. #1 Wear yourself out. #2 Shut other people out.
3) FOCUS on the NEGATIVE.
That is exactly what our hero, Elijah, the great man of God, with the great faith did. He prayed that he would die. He gave up. He said, “I’ve had enough. I’m no better than my ancestors.” What’s funny is, nobody was asking if he was, but in his mind, this self-pity started to take over.And what self-pity does is, it exaggerates, doesn’t it? Self-pity exaggerates and makes you focus on the negative.
“I’m never going to be any good. I’m always going to be stuck in this life. My life’s never going to get any better. I’m never going to get into that school after this grade. I’m never going to get the promotion. My kids are never going to come back to Christ. After all that ice cream I just ate, my bottom is never going to fit in these jeans again. I am never going to be able to lose weight. I am never going to find anyone who loves me. I am never going to get married. I am never going get a job.”
Right? You know, it’s just exaggeration, it’s focusing on the negative. It’s all the bad things, and none of the good things. You want to get discouraged? Here it is, man. Right here in scripture, you just wear yourself out like some of you have. You shut others out like some of you have. You focus on the negative, and the fourth thing that you need to do, if you want to get discouraged is, you need to ….
4) FORGET God.
Which is exactly what so many of us do. And, in that stress-filled, fear-filled moment, that’s what Elijah did as well. I mean, imagine this. All that we saw God do in the life of Elijah, His supernatural protection and provision, ravens feeding him, water from a brook during a nationwide draught, flour and oil jars that never run out, raising the dead, sending all-consuming fire from Heaven.
After all that, the human memory of God’s provision is ridiculously short isn’t it? “Oh, God, You’re not going to come through for me this time,” which is what we often do, isn’t it? I mean, I can look back at all the repeated faithfulness of God in my life. He was always there. He always provided. He always comforted. He always gave me His strength. He was everything I needed. Still, those moments come when I am discouraged, when I’m down, and I completely forget the previous faithfulness of God. Suddenly, I can’t seem to remember the 100 times before this that I was discouraged, fearful and worried and then God came through for me. That’s how to get discouraged in four easy steps: Wear yourself out. Shut people out. Focus on the negative, and forget God.
Now, let’s talk about the answer, God’s prescription for curing discouragement, because quite frankly, many of you, either here today or listening online later are hearing this message today because this is the Word that you need to hear from God. God sent me here to talk to YOU about this! God is speaking directly to you, right now, because, maybe you’re just a little blue or maybe you’re in full-blown discouragement. Maybe you are in a place of hopelessness, and the good news is, God wants to speak to you. Let’s continue looking at scripture, and what we are going to find is what I call God’s prescription for our discouragement. Elijah, he didn’t have any hope. He didn’t have any faith. He didn’t have any courage.
He’s just hiding out, wanting to die peacefully in his sleep so he doesn’t have to experience being murdered painfully by Jezebel’s hit squad, and I want you to notice. God sends an angel to represent Him and while we look at what God does do through this angel, I also want you to notice what God does NOT do through this angel.
There is no sermon preached at Elijah by the angel. There is no rebuke, there’s no shame. The angel is not saying, “Oh, if you only had more faith, oh, if you only memorized more Bible verses, oh, if you just quoted some Bible verses and quit acting like a baby …” No. There is none of that. There is no rebuke, nothing negative. The very first thing that the angel of the Lord says is this:
GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR CURING DISCOURAGEMENT
- EAT and REST.
The very first part of the prescription for our discouragement, God says is to eat and to rest. Look at 1 Kings 19:5 and following.
Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. – 1 Kings 19:5-6
I just love the way God provides food all the time. I mean, I’m a big fan of food, and that just makes me thankful. Okay? I love to eat. I eat less now than I used to because I have started eating to live instead of living to eat you know, but I still love to eat. Scripture says, “Elijah ate and drank and then lay down again.” Eat and rest. That’s the first step in God’s cure for discouragement.
I went through a period of my life where a trusted friend and mentor had to tell me, “Greg, I really think you need to acknowledge that you are in the early stages of burnout”. And when I heard those words, I was kind of like, “Well, you know, whatever reality is, it doesn’t matter, because I’ve got a lot to do for God and a lot to do for my family and a lot to do for the people of my church and a lot to do for the people of my community. Too many people are counting on me. Too many people are expecting it from me, so God is just going to have to give me supernatural strength to keep getting it all done. I don’t have time for burnout!”
He looked at me, and he said, “Uhhhh, no. Greg, you are not hearing me. The most spiritual thing that you can do right now is rest. The most positive, faithful thing you can do right now is take some time off. Rest. Just rest.” I didn’t listen. I kept trying to do it all and I ended up with the Epstein Barr virus, the virus that leads to Mononucleosis and then I did rest. I rested for about 6 weeks. Once you get Epstien Barr it stays in you forever. It’s waiting for a chance to flair up!Some of you, the most spiritual thing you can do right now, is not going to another meeting, not read another Bible verse. For some of you, right now, the most spiritual thing you can do is just rest. Just go take a nap. Just go to bed early. Just sleep in a little bit.
In fact, perhaps one of the most disobeyed commands of God in the world we live in is, people don’t rest. We are given a command in the Ten Commandments to Honor to God with the Sabbath, and yet, we just shake that off like it, like it’s nothing. Jesus told us: “
…The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:27
Don’t think of the sabbath as a restriction God is putting on your fun and productivity. Think of the sabbath as a great gift from God for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Again, perhaps the most spiritual thing some of you can do right now is just rest. And I know what you are thinking, because I’m thinking the same thing. “But, I got to do this, and I’ve got to do this, and I got to do that. If I don’t do it, who is going to do it?” and I believe God would say to you, “It does not matter if all the clothes are dirty today.
It doesn’t matter if the house is not perfectly clean. It does not matter if the yard is not mowed. It doesn’t matter if a few things go undone today. Today, right now, the most important thing, the most spiritual thing you can do is rest.” The angel of the Lord provides food for Elijah and lets him take a nap. Eat and rest. Let’s read on in scripture. Verses 7 and 8:
The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. – 1 Kings 19:7-8
The angel comes back the next day and wakes Elijah up and feeds him a second time to prepare him for another long journey. In fact, this is a supernatural meal because strengthened by that food, Elijah travels for forty days and forty nights. We have the impression that he ate nothing else after this meal. So, like Jesus, Elijah fasts for forty days and forty nights while on this journey to Mount Horeb.
Now, this is the same mountain, most scholars believe, where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. It is a very sacred and holy mountain. This is the first place God’s glory descended as the nation of Israel worshiped Him. So, first Elijah was told to: “Eat and rest.” Second God told Elijah to:
2) Go to the PLACE where GOD is.
Essentially, God told Elijah to go to church. Over the years, I have found that this is the second step of God’s prescription for discouragement: After you have eaten and rested, now go to a place where you will experience and worship and connect with God. God wants to strengthen you and connect with you in that place. God wants to speak to you in that place, away from other noise and distractions. The third step in God’s prescription for discouragement is:
3) God replaces our LIES with His TRUTH.
This is going to speak to some of you. God replaces our lies, the lies that we are believing, with His truth. Let’s continue on to verse 9.
There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” – 1 Kings 19:9
Now, let’s just pause there and acknowledge that God already knew what Elijah was doing there. God’s not out there going, “Hmmm, I’m wondering what in the world Elijah is up to. Let me just see if I can find out … let me do some investigative work.” No. God already knew exactly what Elijah was doing there. In fact, God was the one who told Elijah to go there in the first place.
What God wanted Elijah to do was to voice his problem out loud, to verbalize whatever was going on inside his head, whatever had gotten him so discouraged that he wanted to die, so God could correct the lies Elijah was telling himself. So God gets Elijah talking so Elijah can hear his own false sense of reality. God is going to replace Elijah’s lies with God’s truth. “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Look at Elijah’s reply in verse 10:
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. (TRUE) The Israelites have rejected your covenant (TRUE), torn down your altars (TRUE), and put your prophets to death with the sword. (TRUE) I am the only one left (FALSE), and now they are trying to kill me too. (TRUE)” – 1 Kings 19:10
Elijah owned more responsibility than was actually his. Up to this point he had done what God had asked him to do. None of this success so far was on Elijah to accomplish. It was all on God’s shoulders. Elijah was just the messenger. God was the one carrying the load. Yet, Elijah had bought into a lie that he was supposed to do everything himself and he believed he was the only man of God left on planet earth, that it all rested on his shoulders.
Elijah finds out when he is done listening to God that there are still other prophets out there pronouncing God’s judgment. There are still seven thousand Israelites who have not bowed down to the false gods of Baal and Asherah. So God tells Elijah, “Don’t believe the lies you are telling yourself. You’re not the only one. Your situation is not as dire as you have led yourself to believe.”
What would God say to each of us about the many lies we tell ourselves, the lies that discourage us and depress us. “Oh, my marriage can never be healed.” Why? With God, all things are possible. Replace the lie with the truth. “My kids, they’re never going to come back to Christ.” Why? With faith as small as a mustard seed, God can move mountains. “I’m never going to get out of debt. I’m never going to get ahead.”
Why? The cattle on a thousand hills all belong to God, can’t He find a way to pay off your debt? “I got this medical report, and I’ve only got thirty days to live.” Maybe but maybe not. Is that too hard for God? Can’t God decide to heal someone or even raise someone from the dead if He chooses to do so?
“My life’s never going to be any better. I’m never going to have an intimate relationship. I’m going to be all alone for the rest of my life. I’m stuck in this dead-end job. I’ve got no real ministry. I’ve got no real purpose. I won’t ever make a difference. My husband’s never going to believe in Christ. I’m always going to feel alone.” God takes those lies and replaces them with His truth. The Apostle Paul tells us to do this as well. Allow God to replace our lies with His truth.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5
Just like God asked Elijah, He’s asking you right now. What are you doing here? Where is your mind right now? Where is your focus? What lies are you believing that are keeping you down? I’m all alone. No one is with me. Well, maybe God might say to you, “That’s actually not the truth. There are seven thousand others … there are other people who deeply care about you. There are Christ-followers surrounding you, ready to love on you and support you and encourage you if you will only let them know you need their help. My Holy Spirit is also here all the time and He will comfort you, so don’t believe the lies. You are never alone.” East, rest. Go to church. Let God replace your lies with His truth. The fourth thing in God’s prescription for discouragement is:
4) God SPEAKS to us in a still, SMALL voice.
This is so meaningful to me, and I hope it is to you, as well. God speaks in a still, small voice. When God called me to be a pastor, a life coach and an evangelist, it was with His still, small voice. God says to us, “Eat and rest.” in His still small voice. God calls us to come to church or some other location of worship and prayer alone with Him and He calls us with His still, small voice.
God replaces our lies with His truth and He speaks to us in His still, small voice. Now, you have to remember who Elijah is used to dealing with, the God who can withhold or send rain at will, the God of consuming fire, the God of miraculous provision, and so he goes to meet with God here on Mount Horeb and he’s probably thinking, “God’s going to show up in some sort of huge, massive, otherworldly display, right?” So far Elijah has seen God speak through a drought, through a resurrection, through all-consuming fire from the heavens, through ending a drought with a massive rainstorm. Okay? So God tells Elijah to leave the cave and watch for a sign of God passing by. Look at verses 11 and 12.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks 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. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. – 1 Kings 19:11-12
Other translations say a still, small voice – a gentle whisper. Sometimes, when we are lowest, God seems to speak the softest. Have you ever noticed that? When we are the lowest, God often speaks the softest. Sometimes, it’s just a word. It may not be much, and it may not be loud, but it’s always exactly enough. It’s often just a gentle whisper, not the booming sign that God is capable of doing and has done before, but just the voice of a gentle whisper.
And here’s what I take so much comfort in today, is that I know there are those of you that you are here, and you’re hurting, and the actual words of this sermon just may not reach you, may not convince you or change your heart. But I know that through my words, and between my words, and behind my words, and in my words, God can and will speak to you in His own voice. If you listen closely enough, you may just hear that still, small voice, that gentle whisper of God saying: “I’m here. I’m with you. I’ll never leave you. You’re not alone. I am enough for you and I am here.” That’s the still, small voice of God. The fifth part of God’s prescription for Elijah’s discouragement is:
5) God gives us SOMETHING to DO.
I think that is beautiful. Once we are well-rested, reconnected to God, hearing His truth and focused on His gentle whisper, God gives us a divine assignment. Elijah comes back in after the gentle whisper and God asks Him the same question. “What are you doing here Elijah?” and again, Elijah gives God the same exact answer as before. Look at God’s response in verses 15-16.
The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. – 1 Kings 19:15-16
In other words, “Your vacation is over. Go back to doing what prophets do.” and I believe the Spirit of the Lord will speak unto many of you today and say, “Okay, you’ve been on break long enough. You are well fed and well-rested and you’ve been in church plenty. You are listening to my voice now, so break out of the pity party, re-enter the world. There is something yet for you to do.”
I know you feel down. I know you feel blue. I know you feel hopeless. I know you feel afraid. I know you’re unsure. I know you’ve lost your confidence. But it’s not quitting time yet. Pau hana is not here yet. There is still work for you to do for my kingdom. Go back to doing what prophets do. Go back to doing what moms do. Go back to doing what dad’s do. Go back to doing what a business person does. Are you a prayer warrior? Go back to praying like people of God pray. Do you have the gift of serving? Go back and serve someone. Do you have the gift of giving? Go and give something. Did God call you to be a leader? Go back and lead.
Go back and do whatever God has called you to do, and watch as He brings life back out of you! You will find your purpose and your smile again. Don’t give up. Go back, oh man of God, and do what prophets do.
Then, in verses 17 and 18, God tells Elijah that these new prophets he is anointing, Jehu and Elisha, will carry on God’s judgment and there is a remnant of 7,000 people in Israel who have stayed true in their worship of the one true God. So Elijah goes back and does what God commands him to do. And then he meets Elisha, his young protege. Elisha is a prophet who receives a double portion of the anointing of Elijah.
Now Elijah has a friend, a ministry partner and a legacy. His whole life and his whole perspective are turned around. We are going to talk more about Elisha next month. Now, think about this. What did Elijah fear most? Go back to the beginning of this story. What was he afraid of? Remember Jezebel? “I’m going to kill you and make you a dead prophet by tomorrow.” He ran for his life. His greatest fear of all, death, was something that he never experienced. Interesting that Elijah is only one of two people in all of recorded Scripture as going to heaven without ever dying. If you read the rest of Elijah’s story, God sent a chariot of fire from the sky, and swept Elijah up and took him on to Glory, and he never experienced his greatest fear.
And the reality is, for many of you, the number one thing that is consuming you right now, your greatest fear, you’re biggest “what if”, for many of you, you will never experience that, because God will lift you above it. You are constantly worrying about “What if this happens?” and meanwhile God is countering with “What if it doesn’t happen?”
I am not intending to paint a pollyanna, health and wealth, prosperity Gospel message where nothing bad is ever going to happen to you. We know that is just not the case. Bad things often happen even to good people. Even Jesus said:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
You and I, we are going to have trouble in this world. But we can also have peace, we can take heart, because we know that Jesus has overcome the world. Jesus is bigger than the boogy man! And you know what? Even if your greatest “what if” fear does come to pass, He will be with you, and He will be enough.
I find so much comfort in seeing a man of God, Elijah, on the top of the world, and then on the bottom. Because, in reality, that’s the reflection of the way I live. After my greatest victories, sometimes I go home and think, “Ohhhh, I just can’t go on,” and that’s when God says, “Eat. Rest. Spend time alone with me. Dismiss your lies. Listen to my truth. Listen to my still, small voice. Good. That’s better. Now, you are refreshed. Go back and do what you’re supposed to do.”