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June 11, 2019, 8:33 PM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-Between Two Gods (Week 3:2)


Elijah-Between Two Gods

 

1 Kings 18:20-21

So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

 

Thought for Today

Ahab agrees to the duel with Elijah and is so confident that he gathers all the people to see his prophets in action. Seeing the people, Elijah takes this opportunity to ask them a poignant question. How long will you sit on the fence? How long will you hedge your bets? Pick a god and follow him. The people have wavered between the Lord and Baal. They have paid homage to whomever seemed expedient. They didn’t want to rock the boat with their volatile king, nor did they want to leave the God of their fathers. God was livid. He had brought them out of Egypt. He had given them a land of their own. He had won their battles and fed their children with mana from heaven. What had Baal ever done? Nothing. They had simply given Baal credit for the rain that God had sent. The people’s mute response must have been deafening to Elijah’s ears. They were still sitting squarely on the fence. This is an astounding moment. At least until you look deeply into your own heart. Have you ever credited a blessing God sent to luck? (Did you look around to see if PW heard you?) Have you ever taken credit for the things God did through you? While these have no idol to place on our mantle, they are not really different from what the people of Israel did. Take a moment today and reflect on all the blessings God has sent, all the times He came through, guided you, healed you, blessed you and your children. Hold on to these things. They are there to remind you that God is for you. Then, make sure to give Him credit.

 

Prayer

Loving Father, I thank You for the many blessing You have brought into my life. I apologize for the times I credited even the smallest blessing to anyone but You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks. ― Thomas Goodwin

 

Quote of the Day

Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ― Charles Dickens

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June 11, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-Between Two Gods (Week 3:1)


Elijah-Between Two Gods

 

1 Kings 18:17-19

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table.”

 

Thought for Today

Some months before our reading God challenged Baal to a heavenly duel. Baal was the Canaanite god of rain, so the Lord God of Israel declared that He would refuse to allow the rain to fall and if Baal was stronger he could make it rain. For months the heavens were shut and neither rain nor dew touched the ground. God decides it is time to end the heavenly duel with an earthly one. So He sends the prophet Elijah to King Ahab to challenge the prophets of Baal and his consort Asherah to a duel on Mount Carmel. It is interesting that Ahab considers Elijah the “troubler of Israel.” It is Ahab’s pagan worship of Baal that caused the trouble. He rejected the Lord and set up Baal as the god in Israel. Even after months of drought he cannot be convinced he is in the wrong. This is why God moves the battle to earth. Ahab needs to see God’s power firsthand in order to believe that He is the true God. So Elijah calls for Ahab to gather the 850 prophets that eat in his house and bring them to face him. The true God will be revealed for the entire world to see. When you talk to people about God they will often only see what they want to see and reject everything else. Like Elijah, it is not your job to convince them you are right. You are called to present the evidence and allow God to convince them. Elijah simply extends the challenge and trusts God to do all the hard work.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You that You always stand with Your people. Help me to live today with the confidence that You are by my side every moment. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed. ― Bono

 

Quote of the Day

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible. ― Stuart Chase

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June 7, 2019, 7:58 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:5)


The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:19-24

And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”

 

Thought for Today

What was the purpose of this tragedy? I find it comforting to know that even Elijah questioned why God allowed the widow’s son to die. The question God is asking is whether they will trust Him even when they don’t understand what He is doing. Elijah answers God’s question by taking the boy to a private place to pray for him. Stretching himself over the boy, Elijah pleads three times for God to restore his life. Amazingly, God does. This is the first time God demonstrates His power over death by bringing someone back to life. However, it doesn’t answer the question of why God allowed the boy to die in the first place. The widow actually answers the question when she says, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the world of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” The overflowing jars of oil and flour had not convinced the widow that Elijah was speaking truth on behalf of God or that God would not turn on her because of her sin. Now, through the miracle of raising her son, she truly believes that God is for her and that Elijah is His servant. It all happened to teach her that God was trustworthy and to help her believe His words. The next time you don’t understand why God allowed something difficult into your life, He may be giving you an opportunity to trust Him and grow your faith.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I confess that I have my doubts and internal struggles. Help me to trust You more by walking with You today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through. ― Francis Chan

 

Quote of the Day

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. ― Maya Angelou

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