DATE POSTED Friday, 2022-11-11
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Kings 19:13-14
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)
BIBLE TEXT: 13-14 When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
APPLICATION: Despite the awesome work by this prophet of God, yet Elijah was threatened by Jezebel, and in spite of the miracles performed through Elijah by the God of this universe, yet Elijah ran for his life and had himself a good old pity party. It seems like he may have felt that although God blessed others through him, he would really need to get in God’s face to receive personal encouragement from Him. In the Wilderness, an angel helped strengthen Elijah for his journey to Mount Sinai – the same place where God spoke to Moses. He found no ‘fireworks’ there when told by God to appear before Him. Instead, there came a very strong windstorm that seemed to have moved everything else except Elijah’s heart. Then an earthquake, followed by intense fire. For each of these things happening on their own, we might expect a miraculous touch from God, but in God’s very special plan He wanted to carefully get the attention of this saint while giving him his next assignment. We can identify, can’t we? Just go to that city-wide revival in that large city and know that the very popular evangelists there will be sure to invoke God’s presence and take you to the foot of the cross. Follow the path of other great evangelists and you will be blessed just like them. Friends, notice that God didn’t move in the ways that seemed miraculous to Elijah, but instead in a still, small voice. Are you getting into the Word of God each day and listening intently for the ‘still, small voice of God’? Perhaps it’s time that we stop chasing the ways of popularity that attract the crowd, and instead seek more one-on-one time with our Creator. God had specific instructions for Elijah that I don’t feel like He would have given to an evangelist for a huge crowd. God has our assignment also, dear friend. Seek Him while He may be found. Listen intently for what He tells you through His Word, through prayer, through other believers who have a close relationship with Him. and through the circumstances He brings into your life. Listen, and be willing to respond and obey – without fanfare, for His glory!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: In verses 15-18 God gave His orders to Elijah to go and anoint 3 different men. Oh, that we will not keep others waiting because of our laxity in searching out God’s will for us and following through on His commands.
PRAYER: It’s been said that what You have for us, God, no one can take it away from us. But Lord, I was reminded in this story of Elijah that we must seek the Lord while He is near, listen closely to Your still small voice, and follow in obedience as You command us to. There really is no time for retreating under a tree in the Wilderness having a pity party like Elijah. We serve the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords, there is no greater privilege available to mankind. You told us to ‘Be still and know that I am God’. Please help us to pin that on our foreheads for a constant reminder and to help us keep our chin up, even when it seems like the world is against us. Let the people see Jesus, and not our weak and sorry efforts to survive. AMEN!
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