Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” vs. 9    

1 Kings 19:9-10

Elijah was on the run. Queen Jezebel and the prophets of Baal had forced him to flee for his life and he’d gone south into the desert mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. There in a cave, isolated from his country and kindred, he spent the night, and he heard the word of the Lord, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” That’s a powerful question, one that will force us to take stock of all that we are and all that we have done. All have been given the gift of life, but before we even know that it’s a gift, the journey begins. Early on we simply react, doing what we’re told to do. We fall in love, sometimes get married, almost always find a job – and sometimes we do all these things without even thinking about what we’re doing. And then the word of the Lord comes, “What are you doing here, Elijah? What are you doing here, Elizabeth?” And we really don’t have a good answer. We’ve been born, stuff has happened, and now we’re here–sometimes we’re not even sure how we got here! Sometimes we think to ourselves, “Boy, seems to me I could have done a lot better.” In those moments it’s so important for us to remember that we are the good creation of God, and it’s not all up to us! And the Spirit has used us.

Thought for the Day: What has been the purpose of my life?


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