Saturday, June 16, 2012
Welcome to Day 167 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Kings 17, Elijah is fed by the ravens, the widow and the jar of flour. Elijah raised her son back to life.
1 Kings 18, Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.
v 25, “Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
1 Kings 19, Elijah flees to Mount Horeb after Jezebel’s threat. The Lord appears to him there. Elijah and the call of Elisha.
v 11, “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
v 21, “He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.”
Colossians 2:9, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.”
Sometimes it feels as if we are the “only one left.” But in reality, it’s rarely the case. Discouragement does that to you. Seems discouragement often hits after a great accomplishment?
You know what’s really cool to me about this situation with Elijah? Even though in reality he wasn’t the only prophet left (God always has a remnant), Elisha comes alongside Elijah soon thereafter! Someone to encourage Elijah, someone for Elijah to pour himself into.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 states, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”
There’s a reason why Jesus sent the disciples out two by two… for the reasons above!
It’s amazing how one can see an incredible move of God (fire from heaven, consuming the sacrifices!) then turn from a mean person like Jezebel and take off running to the hills in fear for our lives. He had just stood down 450 prophets of Baal, only to be intimidated by her threat!
Isn’t it funny how that happens??
Then, on top of that… with all the fire from heaven stuff happening, God ends up speaking to Elijah, not in the dramatic fashion of the wind, the earthquake or the fire, but in the gentle whisper.
I think that’s cool.
I’ve never seen fire from heaven, and I’m not necessarily looking for the dramatic… but it sure would be cool to see fire come down and consume a sacrifice like that!
Having said that, I’m certain God has spoken to me in that gentle whisper countless times.
I think that’s cool!
Thank you Lord for speaking to me over the years and for your faithfulness in showing up at just the right time!