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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1 Kings 22:34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”
1 Kings 21:25, 26 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2 Chronicles 15:1, 2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”