What Are You Doing Here?

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18

What are you doing here, Elijah? (vv. 9, 13)

When I left high school to attend college, I was on top of the world. I had a full scholarship, plenty of friends, and a well-paying job waiting for me upon graduation. Fast forward three years, and my life was a wreck. I had lost the scholarship, many of my friends had left, and my future seemed bleak. I can recall spending hours walking around my neighborhood, wondering how it had all gone wrong. How had I gotten to such a low place?

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah is in trouble. Jezebel has threatened Elijah’s life, and he is so miserable as he runs away from her in the wilderness that he sits under a tree and wishes he would die. God miraculously provides for Elijah, enough to strengthen him for a 40-day journey to Mount Horeb, and there, in a cave, God asks Elijah, “What are you doing here?”

Sometimes, God comes to us and challenges us regarding our current state. In a world that says, “You’re fine the way you are—no change necessary,” the message of the cross is still the story of a forgiving God who loves us too much to leave us as we are. The Christian life of discipleship is an exciting journey of being conformed to the image of Christ. We may ultimately end up somewhere we did not expect. But wherever we are, we know that we will be like him. —Duane Loynes

Prayer: Spirit of God, thank you for molding us to look like Jesus the Son.