Daily D – 1 Kings 19:14
“I have been very zealous for the LORD God of Armies,” he replied, “but the Israelites have abandoned your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they’re looking for me to take my life.”
1 KINGS 19:14 (CSB)
This is Elijah’s answer to God’s gentle question (verses 12 and 13), “What are you doing here, Elijah?” This is a good question. Consider all that has happened in 1 Kings 17 and 18. How could Elijah experience God’s presence and activity with such dramatic displays of power and then run away to resign or die?
Sometimes we are so physically and emotionally spent that the only recovery that makes sense is resignation or death. Once upon a time, a certain preacher told his bride that he was going to quit his job and go to work at Walmart handing out shopping carts. Perhaps you can think back on a time in your life when you felt like that.
It is interesting, isn’t it, that most of what we know about Elijah takes place after his resignation? There are many insights and applications from Elijah’s story. Let’s focus on one. His most important work was accomplished after he came to the end of himself.
When Elijah did not think he could take one more step, God empowered him to take his best steps yet.
The long-time pastor First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas, Jimmy Draper, wrote a book entitled, Don’t Quit Before You Finish. You do not have to read the book to get the message.
If you feel like quitting today, go to God. Go by yourself. Go with a friend. Go with a congregation of worshipers. Please, go to God and do not give up until he calls you home.
That preacher who wanted to push buggies at Walmart? The most significant work he has ever participated in has happened since that day.
I will not quit before I finish.
Our Father, when I come to the end of myself, I find you in all your goodness and glory. Therefore, I hereby resolve that I am at the end of myself. Here is where you begin to shape my story in a manner I would have never guessed. Here is where you maximize the dreams I have been afraid to speak out loud. I want to finish the same time you are finished with me in this generation. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.