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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Today’s scripture reading:
Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great spiritual victories: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain. Often discouragement sets in after great spiritual experiences, especially those requiring physical effort or involving great emotion. To lead him out of depression, God first let Elijah rest and eat. Then God confronted him with the need to return to his mission—to speak God’s words in Israel. Elijah’s battles were not over; there was still work for him to do. When you feel let down after a great spiritual experience, remember that His purpose for your life is not yet over. (NLT)
1 Kings 19:1-14 – When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel what Elijah had done and that he had slaughtered the prophets of Baal. So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods also kill me if by this time tomorrow I have failed to take your life like those whom you killed.”
Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the desert, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.”
Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and saw some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.
Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, for there is a long journey ahead of you.”
So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mount of God. There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I alone am left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets, I alone am left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
Elijah said, “The Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” –1 Kings 19:10 (NRSV)
Jennifer Aaron (Washington) titled her story “LEARNING FROM ELIJAH;” here is a portion of Jennifer’s story:
“. . . Elijah repeated his complaint even after a personal display of God’s power and presence. Showing divine patience, God told him to go anoint others who would continue to cleanse the nation.
“Elijah’s honesty provides a window into how God responds to our complaints. God provided nourishment, strength, direction, and help – without condemnation. Even in Elijah’s doubt, God did not abandon him.
“Elijah’s story encourages me because it shows me that I’m not the only believer whose courage falters. And I can be honest with God even when my emotions aren’t positive or reverent. Perhaps Elijah’s weakest moments strengthen me the most.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God already knows my weaknesses – and loves me anyway.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for reminding us that even in our weakness, you are willing and able to work through us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE DISCOURAGED
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