What Are You Doing Here?

What Are You Doing Here?

August 3

Read: 1 KINGS 19:9-18

God asks profound questions. After Elijah’s triumph over the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, King Ahab is hot on his trail. Elijah heads for the hills and hides for his life. God interrupts his personal pity party and asks him twice, “What are you doing here?” Then God speaks to him in “the sound of sheer silence” and reminds him that he is not the only faithful person around and that God still has work for him to do.

Throughout my life I have struggled at times with depression and discouragement. During those times, the findable God has often found me and confronted me with the question, “What are you doing here?” During those times God has brought perspective to my life by reminding me that he can handle my problems. And God reminds me that he is intent on continuing to use me.

Dear God, thank you for finding me when I am not even looking for you— especially when I am hiding from you. Thanks for never giving up on me. AMEN.

About the Author

Wayne Smith is a retired Covenant pastor who has served churches in Portland, Oregon; the Republic of Panama; Fairfield, Ohio; and Tacoma, Washington. He currently worships with the same church where he began to follow Christ—West Hills Covenant Church in Portland.

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  1. Thanks very much for this post, Wayne. These days with COVID, unresolved racial tension, the economic “blues.” and the uncertainties I now feel in the relationships with significant others, my friends at church, and our pastor, I needed this assurance that He still wants to use this “vessel of clay.” Brian Smith

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