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October 1, 2018

What I read today

1 Kings 19-20; Proverbs 4; Ezekiel 31; Mark 9; 2 Corinthians 1

Elijah had just defeated the prophets of Baal.  He’s watched God destroy the religious leaders of Samaria and embarrass King Ahab.

Now he’s on the run from Queen Jezebel who’s threatened his life.

As he ran through the desert, hot and exhausted, he hears a small quiet voice.

“Why are you hear”.

He cries out his complaints to God. “They are trying to kill me.  I’m the only prophet left! I’ve had it, I’m done.”  God tells him to go to another location and wait.  He sits through a tornado.  Elijah holds tight to the cave as an earthquake hits.  Finally, in total silence, he walks and on the ledge, and he hears God once again.

“Why are you here.”

One more time Elijah cries out his complaints to God. “They are trying to kill me.  I’m the only prophet left! I’ve had it, I’m done.”

This time God answers.

“Elijah, you need to go back.  I’ve got a job for you to do.  No matter what you think I’ve preserved myself a remnant.”

Elijah would go back and finish his mission.  Strengthened by the promises of God and renewed for a task that would last until the last day of his life.

So like Elijah we get discouraged and lose hope.  Finances are tight, work is tough, school is tough.  We think we’re the only ones going through the pain and suffering.  In that still small voice, God says “Why are you here.”

Are we here to serve ourselves or are we here to serve God?

Are we here to satisfy our internal needs and wants or are we here to serve others?

Do we think we’re the only ones suffering or do we realize that God is preserving his own remnant?

We’re here to serve God.  We’re here to serve others.  If it’s all about us, then we’re going to be disappointed and upset a lot, aren’t we?

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