Christian Devotional – August 19, 2019

What kind of man (or woman) are you?

An interesting question, but first, in full transparency, I just want to apologize for missing the last several days. Satan and his temptations are alive and well and I do not have a good reason for it, other than to say that I struggle with wondering if these are valuable to anyone. It’s times like that in which I have to remember that I read and study God’s word because I love Him and want to be obedient to Him. I don’t do it for you. Now, I hope that if you take the time to dig into His Word that you grow closer to Him and if I can help with that, bonus! 😀 But, my only goal is to please my Father.

Anyway, back to the question at hand! The messengers have returned and they are asked to give a description of Elijah. Read 2 Kings 2:7-8.

He said to them, “What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and spoke these words to you?” They answered him, ” He was a hairy man with a leather girdle bound about his loins.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”
2 Kings 1:7‭-‬8 NASB

Kind of an interesting description. Not a lot there to go on. However, even with that seemingly vague description, the king knew immediately who it was. Elijah was distinctive in everything about him. It wasn’t just about worshipping God, because he was so markedly different from everyone else, he stood out.

What about us? Are we different? If we are truly following God, the Bible says that we will be different. Are we distinctive? Does that distinctiveness point people to Jesus Christ?


  • Helen Waters

    Kristi, I can tell you that I read these devotionals every morning! I don’t think you have to worry or wonder if they’re helpful or if anyone is reading them. You’ve already hit upon the answer – if you are being obedient to the Holy Spirit, then He will use them His purposes. ‘Nuff said. I appreciate you!

    – Helen Waters
    Savannah, GA

    • Kristi Burchfiel

      Thanks Helen! I appreciate hearing that and I am glad that God uses these to be helpful to others. I appreciate you, too!