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Day Five: “So Much More…”

Friday, April 24th, 2015

1 Kings 19:11b-13 - “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?”

Three major cosmic events happen and yet Elijah remains. And then the whisper draws Elijah out. Yet, Elijah sticks to his same complaint as though unmoved even by such cosmic events. He says, “I am very zealous for the Lord God Almighty…I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

Verse 15-16 says this, “The Lord said to him, ‘Go back the way you came and to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu…and also anoint Elisha…to succeed you as prophet.” God simply tells Elijah that there is more to do. Your life isn’t over yet. God doesn’t give up on Elijah. He doesn’t treat him harshly for his complaint and despair. He knows His Elijah, and God knows that when His Elijah truly listens He will change.

We know that what Elijah heard did change him. God saved Elijah from himself and his deductions about his own life, about his ability to go on, and perhaps even about the purpose for which Elijah believed he was living for. In a similar way, when you know that the Lord has more to do in and through your life, and He is speaking into you and making it known to you, then there isn’t anything in this world…nothing…that will hold you back from getting up and living out this incredible life we have in Christ.

God knows us. He knows the bush we may be sleeping under right now, or the cave we have chosen to be stuck in. And He also knows how desperate we are for God to speak into our situations and struggles. God won’t let us settle for anything else, for some other measure of comfort, assurance and even approval when we find ourselves struggling and defeated. His gentle strength won’t let us settle for anything less then to be drawn to Him, to be near Him, to hear from Him…to be called out into even greater, deeper, and more wonder-filled moments in this life.

Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). There is more to do…and Jesus will surely be with us always, to the very end of the age!

Today, let us draw near to Him in prayer and He will draw near to us. There is so much more He is inviting us into, so let us pray that we will hear, see, and embrace this ’so much more’ He has for us. Let’s pray and live for God’s ’so much more’ to happen among us and through us this weekend, praying for specific divine encounters with people so we can share God’s love with them.

tlr

Day Four: “Fix Your Eyes On…”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Day Three: “Come to Me…”

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Day Two: “Get Up and Eat”

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Day One: The Broom Bush

Monday, April 20th, 2015