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June 24, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah: God's Greatest Priority (5:1)


Elijah: God’s Greatest Priority

 

1 Kings 21:17, 19

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel…And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.”’”

 

Thought for Today

1 Kings 21 begins with the tragic story of Naboth. Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard because it was near his house and he wanted to plant a vegetable garden there. Ahab offers to pay Naboth handsomely for the property. Even though Ahab does everything above board for a change Naboth refuses to part with his family’s inheritance. So Ahab sulks. Jezebel is not deterred. To make her hubby happy she arranges for Naboth to be falsely accused and stoned to death. When the news of Naboth’s death arrives she tells Ahab to declare imminent domain and claim his garden. Problem solved. God, however, was enraged. He sends Elijah to tell Ahab that he is going to die in the same place where Naboth was killed. Justice is part of God’s nature. He cannot let sin go unpunished forever. God’s patience has finally run out for Ahab. The incredible patience with which God has dealt Ahab it is astounding, but even God’s patience has its limits. In a way, it is a comfort to know that God must punish evil. We have all seen people who appeared to get away with outrageous acts of wickedness. It is comforting to know that they won’t really get away with it in the end. On the other hand, it is terrifying when we realize that, while our wickedness may not be “outrageous,” it still demands God’s justice action. This is the backdrop for our devotional considerations this week. Hang in there. It is worth walking through this together.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, I praise You for Your perfect justice. Help me to understand You better this week as I see where Your priorities lie. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

According to Scriptures, the wrath of God is God’s moral integrity—Chuck Swindoll

 

Quote of the Day

He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done. — Leonardo da Vinci

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June 21, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah Despairs (Week 4:5)


Elijah Despairs

 

1 Kings 19:19,21

So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him…[Elisha] took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

 

Thought for Today

Elijah and Elisha were very different. Elijah appears to have grown up in a modest family, while Elisha comes from money. Elijah lived in the wilderness. Elisha had a farm and plowed his fields with 24 oxen hitched together. However, the one thing they had in common was their heart for God. Elijah had given up everything to be God’s servant. When he places his cloak on Elisha, the young man sacrifices the oxen to God, using the yokes to fuel the fire, and gives it all away. Together they go forth to serve God in whatever he calls them to. While they were from very different worlds they were kindred spirits. Do you have a kindred spirit? Is there someone who encourages you in your walk with God? They may not come from the same background, but you will find that if the person has a heart for God all the rest are incidentals. Reach out to them today and encourage them in their walk with Christ.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the kindred spirit in my life. Help me stay close to them so that together we can stay close to you.

 

Devotional Quote

The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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June 20, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah Despairs (Week 4:4)


Elijah Despairs

 

1 Kings 19:16

The Lord said to Elijah, “. . . Elisha the son of Shaphat you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.”

 

Thought for Today

One of the biggest reasons Elijah struggled was that he was working alone. God was with him, but he had no earthly companion to share the burden. Elijah was alone when he faced the wicked king and queen. He was alone while everyone blamed him for the drought. He was alone when he faced the 450 prophets of Baal. No wonder he was emotionally and spiritually exhausted! We were created for companionship. Life is not meant to be lived alone. Challenges are not meant to be faced alone. Isolating people is one of the chief strategies of the devil. He knows that if he can isolate someone he can break them down. God understood this reality in Elijah’s life. So God commanded him to anoint a successor, Elisha. Now Elijah will have someone to train, to share the burden, and to know that the legacy of his work will continue. Who do you have sharing the journey with you? Whose journey are you sharing? Both aspects are important. Spend some time today thinking and praying over these questions.

 

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for the people sharing my journey and the people whose burdens you have called me to share. Encourage my spirit through them today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . . ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

The rise or fall, success or failure of your dreams is largely dependent on the association you build yourself around. ― Israelmore Ayivor

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