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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, November 19, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Elijah knew that the sound of gentle whisper was God’s voice. He realized that [God] He doesn’t reveal himself only in powerful, miraculous ways. To look for God only in something big (rallies, churches, conferences, highly visible leaders) may be to miss him because he is often found gently whispering in the quietness of a humbled heart. Are you listening for God? Step back from the noise and activity of your busy life, and listen humbly and quietly for his guidance. It may come when you least expect it. (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 mountain 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.”
Now there was a great wind, . . . but the Lord was not in the wind; and . . . an earthquake, . . . and . . . a fire, . . . and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. –1 Kings 19:11-12 (NRSV)
Raymond Appel (Wisconsin) titled his story “GOD’S QUIET VOICE;” here is a portion of Raymond’s story:
“I am a social person, enjoying the company of others. Yet I find that my favorite hobbies occur in solitude: gardening, running in the woods, or sitting quietly by the lake. At these times, I can be alone with my thoughts – pondering the day’s devotional readings or formulating a subject for a sermon. Often during those times, inspiration strikes or I perceive God’s directions.
“I’m not alone in this perception. . . . The psalmist said, ‘Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him’ (Ps. 37:7, NIV). In our busy world, many distractions keep us from listening for God. It is important for each of us to find time each day to read God’s word and then listen throughout our daily activities to hear God’s quiet voice, which leads us to understanding.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will find time today to listen for what God is saying to me.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to rid our thoughts of the useless distractions of this world, and fill our thoughts with your voice and our hearts with your love. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE TOO BUSY TO LISTEN TO GOD’S VOICE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/