BIBLE THOUGHT: “I SOUGHT THE LORD, AND HE ANSWERED ME; HE DELIVERED ME FROM ALL MY FEARS. THOSE WHO LOOK TO HIM ARE RADIANT; THEIR FACES ARE NEVER COVERED WITH SHAME” (PSALM 34:4-5, NASB)
READ 1 KINGS 19:1-9 for an application of this lesson.
TRUE ISRAELITE prophets were often fiercely opposed by monarchs and the religious rich–sometimes threatened, beaten, and driven into hiding. Some lamented and complained. Some, like Jonah, fled. Consider Elijah, whose early prophetic career was sensational, miraculous, and heroic, was later seen hiding in the cave at Horeb. What happened?
At Horeb Elijah sought the safety of a sacred place, not God. Shamefully, it wasn’t where God told him to go. Elijah’s only prayers, motivated by fear, was, “Take my life!” Then he ran extreme distances. Horeb is 250 miles from Mt. Carmel. Damascus, where God finally sent him, is 540 miles north.
Before God commanded Elijah to “Go!” God pressed him with a disorienting question: “Why are you here?” Elijah responded defensively, never answering God’s question.
What are you doing wherever you are? Why? God is asking. His plan is good, His delivery is sure!
Sing “Take My Life and Let It Be“
Prayer: O Lord, may Your calling and claim on my life give it clear meaning and direction. Daily, may I faithfully seek You, Your help, and Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
– CRAIG BOWMAN, Rochester, Michigan
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