“What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:13
Let this question be supposed as addressed to us: “What are you doing here,” in this world, into which you are sent?
- Are you working the work of Him that sent you, or standing all the day idle?
- How do you acquit yourself in the duties of your particular calling?
- Are you upright, conscientious, and useful therein?
- Are you in the post assigned you, truly called and properly qualified for it?
Or have you thrust yourself into it without warrant or invitation, and therefore have no cause to expect success?
- What are you doing here, in this retirement? Is the world shut out of your thoughts, and are the visits of the blessed Spirit invited?
- What are you doing here, if it be not your wish and endeavor to have communion with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ?
- What are you doing here, if you are not at peace with God? If you desire peace and safety, plead the blood of Jesus; flee to the city of refuge before the avenger of blood overtakes you and you perish. “Remember Lot’s wife,” and look not behind you, lest you become a monument of wrath.
- What are you doing here in times of trial? Are you flying from the danger, or boldly facing it in the name and strength of the Lord? Are you ashamed of the cross, or do you willingly take it upon you?
Or are you for pitching your tent here, satisfied with your present portion, instead of looking to a better country, to “a city that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God”?
O to say honestly and heartily, “I am here, Lord, to glorify You!”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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