Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” – 1 Kings 19:9.
The wanderer was alone, yet not alone. A voice he could neither mistake nor misinterpret had sounded in his ears the thrilling question, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” Every syllable was pregnant with meaning and rebuke. “What doest thou here?” Life (and none should know better than thee) is a great doing; not hermit inaction, inglorious repose. “What doest thou“—thou, my viceregent in these degenerate days—thou whom I have honored above thy fellows, and who hast had proof upon proof of my faithfulness? “What doest thou here“—here in this desolate spot; away from duty; the Baal altars rebuilding; my own altar in ruins; the sword of persecution unsheathed, and the bleating flock left by thee, coward shepherd, to the ravening wolf? “What doest thou here, Elijah?” Thy very name rebukes thee! Where is God, thy strength! Where are the prayers and vows of Carmel? Child of weakness, belying thy name and destiny, “What—doest—thou—here?”