Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Question (Featured Devotion)

Day 23


The Question

1Kings 19:13

So it was, when Elijah heard [the still small voice].  That he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.  Suddenly a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Jonah fled from God only to find God was in the middle of the sea.  Peter was afraid to identify with Jesus only to find that Jesus wasn’t afraid to identify with him.  Moses fled from Pharaoh only to find God in a burning bush in Midian.  Paul was locked in jail in Rome and found the joy of the Lord.  David Discovered there was nowhere he could go without encountering God.

Throughout Scripture, people learned it is impossible to go anywhere without encountering God.  So when Elijah fled for his life and hid in a cave from the evil King Ahab, he discovered God was already there and had a question:  “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  When we are at the low points in our life, God is always there with the same question---through His Word, through a person, or through a thought.  He wants us to wrestle with why we are where we are so we can move to a better place.

Are you somewhere today, trying to hide from God?  Here’s the question:  What are you doing there?  God is waiting to encourage you to move on with Him.

Recommended Reading: Psalm 139:1-12


A man may hide God from himself, and yet he cannot hide himself from God.

William Secker

From: “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional
Turning Points