UNTOLD. - Reassurance
God’s plans > my perspective.
It’s easy to forget past victories.
1 Kings 18:36-38
1 Kings 18:36-38 NIV
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again." Then the fire of the lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
Fear and isolation are enemies to trusting God.
1 Peter 5:8
1 Peter 5:8 NIV
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Kings 19:1-3a
1 Kings 19:1-3 NIV
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,
1 Kings 19:4b-5a
1 Kings 19:4 NIV
while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, lord," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."
1 Kings 19:5b-9a
1 Kings 19:5-9 NIV
Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the lord came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the lord came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
God whispers his presence when we need reassurance.
1 Kings 19:9b-10
1 Kings 19:9-10 NIV
There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the lord came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He replied, "I have been very zealous for the lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."
1 Kings 19:11-14
1 Kings 19:11-14 NIV
The lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the lord, for the lord is about to pass by." 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. After the earthquake came a fire, but the lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 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?" He replied, "I have been very zealous for the lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."
God is always providing in ways we cannot see.
1 Kings 19:15-18
1 Kings 19:15-18 NIV
The lord said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him."
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~C.S. Lewis, "The Problem of Pain"
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