Thursday, October 30, 2014

ELIJAH

It is interesting to read 1 Kings chapters 17–19 and see that Elijah, the great prophet of the Lord, went through some of the same emotions that we do.

In Chapter 17 he goes to Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, that there will be no dew or rain for years because of the idol worship in Israel. 

Then God sent Elijah to Zarephath where God used him to provide for a widow and her son through the drought and when the widow’s son died and Elijah prayed and God restored his life. 

Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets to prove who the real God was.  Almighty God proved himself to them and the false prophets were slain.

Then because Elijah killed the false prophets, Jezebel threatened to kill him.  This great man of God who had just accomplished so many great things for God, went into the wilderness, sat under a juniper tree, pouted and told God he wanted to die. 

Elijah later went and lodged in a cave.  God asked him why he was there.  Elijah said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.“

God told him to go stand outside.  God sent strong wind, an earthquake and fire, but God was not in them.  Then with a still, small voice God spoke to Elijah.  He again asked him what he was doing here and Elijah responded again with the same words. 

God did not sympathize with him.  He gave him his orders:
 
  1.  Anoint Hazael king of Syria
  2.  Anoint Jehu king of Israel and
  3.  Anoint Elisha to be the prophet to take his place when he was gone

He also told Elijah that he wasn’t alone, there were 7,000 prophets that had not bowed down to Baal and were serving Him.

God had used Elijah many times, but he got tired and discouraged.  The devil loves for us to get tired because then he can come and start telling us his lies.  We may get afraid of the threats we hear.  We might believe him when he says we are standing alone.  We are not alone.  God is with us.  Jesus said, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). 

As God was with Elijah, so will He be with us even when we are tired and the devil is taunting us with fear.  We are not alone.  Others go through the same tests.  Now we need to listen for the still, small voice of God telling us the next things He has for us to do.


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5 comments:

  1. Thank you, dear Mehrll, for another wonderful post. I love reading and learning about Elijah - he was quite the man and example.

    Your card is simply beautiful! I love how you used Autumn ribbon - it has a classy, rich look.

    Hugs to you!

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  3. Mm was getting no where commenting on mobile it posted when had just started so gave up on there .. and came on here... desktop.. mind you it is going so slow too it is old age am thinking..
    Well dear sis as started to say on mobile I always enjoy coming over to your posts because they are so God-based they bless your heart and refresh your spirit - thank you so much for being a blessing.
    I think so often this in OT passages are "written for our ensamples" as Paul said in Corinthians, to remind us we are not alone - many others have trodden this path before.
    Look up to our LORD Jesus, and not the mud underneath,
    love in Him, dear sweet Mehrll, Shaz in Oz.x

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  4. What a beautiful post! I Love the card, my fav colors! But Ilove the devotion, Elijah like so many of us, got tired and discouraged, focused on the present moment, forgot the victories behind and lost for for what was ahead. But Like Elijah, God always knows where we are and where we are going! Thank you for this reminder!!
    Hugs,
    Ginny

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  5. Dear Mehrll,
    This was such and inspiring and encouraging post, well done.
    I am so thankful that the Lord knows where we are and meets us right there.
    Satan knows how to attack when we are down and weak, but,"greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world."
    Thank you for your precious comment left on my blog, such a blessing to my heart.
    Sweet blessings to you, friend.
    Joy! Debbie

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