Being Where We Should Be
by Dr. Paul Chappell
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Late in his life the noted German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann made a trip back to the United Kingdom where he had worked for many years before returning to his native land. One of the purposes of his trip was to visit the British scientist Lord Kelvin. According to the story, he arrived in town too late on a Saturday evening to go to the house and meet his esteemed colleague, so he got up Sunday morning and went instead. When he knocked on the door, von Hofmann was informed that Lord Kelvin was not at home. He inquired of the housekeeper where he might find Kelvin and was told, “You will find him in church, sir, where you ought to be.”
There is enormous value to our Christian life and to our work for God in being in the right place at the right time. Whether it is faithfulness to our jobs, to our families, or to our churches, being where we should be allows us to be part of the work that God is doing. But it also offers us protection. David should have responded properly when he was tempted by the sight of Bathsheba bathing herself. Yet if he had been with his men on the field of battle where he should have been, he would never even have been tempted. Similarly, if Thomas the disciple had been with the others when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection, Thomas would not be known to us today as “Doubting Thomas.” Simply being where we are supposed to be is one of the most important things we can do in our daily lives. It may not draw a lot of attention or praise, but it is vital.