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» Devotion - September 3, 2014

There (Elijah) went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord God said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. … The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came…”

1 Kings 19:9-12, 15


“What are you doing here?” the Lord asked Elijah. And Elijah’s response might as well have been, “I’m wondering the same thing myself.”

It’s easy to find yourself where Elijah was—depressed, alone, wondering what’s the point of living. You live in much the same kind of times that Elijah lived. You live in a world that could care less about the true God and hates those who do care. They are so brazen about it! Watch enough of it on your 24/7 news channel or witness enough of it in your community, and you’ll feel like you are the only faithful one left. You will wonder, “What am I doing here?” Perhaps you wonder that right now. Is it God's fault or your fault that you feel like you are the only faithful one left?

Has God taken away your purpose for living in this world or have you lost sight of it? Has God failed you with his promises or have you walked away from them? Who has been more brazen—those who do evil and hate you or you who wallow in a pity puddle and insinuate that God is sitting on his hands? Aren’t you amazed right now that God doesn’t lay you flat with a mighty wind, or swallow you up with a violent earthquake, or consume you with a blazing fire?

But what comes to you? A gentle whisper that says, “Go back.” Go back where? “Go back to where you have my promises.” Go back to the cross of your Savior, Jesus Christ, where sin is swept away and forgiveness is given. Go back to the empty tomb where the worst enemies—sin, death, and the devil—are swallowed up. Go back to the waters of baptism where self-pity drowns and new life rises. Go back to the Supper where Christ’s body and blood satisfy the hunger for peace.

When you do go back to God’s promises, do you know what you’ll find? You’ll find that you are back where you belong—back as the faithful spouse, the faithful parent, the faithful citizen, the faithful church member, the faithful Christian witness.

You’ll be back where God wants you. And you’ll know exactly why you are there. Through faith in Christ, you have God’s promises.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, keep me focused on your promises in Christ. That’s where I need to be. Amen.

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