Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – July 21, 2022

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9 But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

1 Kings 19:9 (NLT)



Thomas Spurgeon wrote: Every wise master mariner wants to know at sea just where his ship is, just what his longitude and latitude are. Years ago, when I was crossing the Atlantic Ocean, we had a long spell of bad foggy weather. For several days and nights, neither sun nor stars had been visible. We had been sailing by dead reckoning, and did not know where we were exactly. One night, while I was on deck, there was a sudden rift in the clouds, and the North Star shone out. Word was sent at once to the captain, and I remember how the captain fairly laid himself across the compass, and took an observation of that star, because he wanted to know just where he was.


Every wise man wants to know where he stands physically, whether he has a sound heart and sound lungs. He may find out his physical condition is not as good as he hoped, but if his physical condition is bad, he wants to know it, so that he can guard against the dangers he might plunge into. Many a man lies in the grave tonight because he had a weak heart and didn’t know it. It is very important in all the affairs of this world, that we know just where we are, but it is infinitely more important that we know where we are in the affairs of eternity. (Thomas Spurgeon.)


Knowing where we are spiritually is one of the most important things we will ever know. In 1 Kings 19:9, God asks Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” for Elijah’s sake. God had not sent him here as He had directed him to other places. Elijah needed to reflect on how far he had drifted in his faith.




What are you doing where you are? It is not difficult to believe that God loves us, when we go with the multitude to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, and stand in the inner sunlit circle; but it is hard to believe that He feels as much love for us when we feel attacked and isolated. Those are the times when it’s most important to reflect on God’s past goodness and not allow ourselves to give in to false thoughts about God.




Praise God for His unfailing love and unchanging character. Ask God to help you evaluate where you are spiritually and if you need to make any changes.

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