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Click here for today’s reading: 1 Kings 17, 18, 19; Colossians 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, June 16, 2018
1 Kings 17:14 “For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
17 “Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” 22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.”
1 Kings 18:4 “4 While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)”
36 “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. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
38 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. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
1 Kings 19:1 “Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 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.” 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.”
Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…”
Amazing how Jezebel struck fear into the hearts of those around her… How could Elijah go from calling down fire from heaven and having 450 prophets of Baal killed, to running from Jezebel in fear??
I think we are most susceptible to attack and fear after our greatest accomplishments. Fear is a funny thing… it can grip our hearts and our minds and cause us to just… run away. His confidence just seemed to leave him… this is the same guy who just called fire down from heaven!
What this means to me is we are all weak at times. We all are susceptible to fear… Be on guard, especially after great successes. Our enemy is a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour! 1 Peter 5:8
Also, the story of the widow and her son with little resources… trusted the Lord and he provided. In the midst of her poverty, her son died, but Elijah prayed and the Lord brought him back to life.
Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…” One of the great scriptures regarding the deity of Jesus. (The KJV uses the term “godhead” instead of Deity.)
Thank you Lord for your provision! And, in the midst of difficult circumstances, when fear grips my heart, help me to remember to trust you!