September 27, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 19

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SAA Notes

Elijah’s great victory and subsequent collapse is the setting for his dramatic meeting with God at Horeb or Mount Sinai. It is the still small voice that speaks to Elijah. He goes and obeys the Word of the Lord. What WORD should you be carrying out today?

SJA Notes

“What are you doing here, Elijah?”

The Lord asks Elijah the same question twice. And Elijah answers the same, both times.

“… And I, even I only, am left,”

Elijah has come to a point we can probably all relate to. He’s at the end, down and low.

He casts his cares on the Lord, but also shows that at this point he is feeling pretty sorry for himself.

How does the Lord answer Elijah?

The first answer from the Lord gives Elijah an important life-lesson.

God points back to Him. The Lord was not in the win, not in the earthquake, not in the fire. Instead, the Lord was in the low whisper, the still small voice.

We often find it easier to listen to the big earth-quaking fire-raging noise.

But our Lord God often speaks in the still and small voice.

The second time God answers Elijah with a pin-prick to the self-righteous-sorry bubble.

There are seven thousand more people in Israel who have not bowed the knee to Baal!

We are not alone. Jesus is always building His church, day by day.

We are not alone, we have God’s family as our own.

We are not alone, our rest and comfort, our rescue and redemption, our foundation and shelter, our shield and defender – It is our Lord God!

Praise God for He is with us!

* Gracious Father in Heaven,

Thank You that You never leave us or forsake us, even though we first forsook You!

Thank You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness, never-ending in supply, without limit.

Thank You that You take the time to refine us, burning away the dross such as self-righteous behaviour.

Please continue to make us more like Jesus each day!

Amen.

September 27, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 30

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SAA Notes

This remembered promise (v1-3) forms the background to the Book of Revelation. The storms of the Lord are not wilful, feral or sadistic. (verses 23,24) Verses 18-21 contain the purpose of His storms. Trust Him, for, in days to come, you will eventually understand.

SJA Notes

As Stuart Snr says, this passage is built on in Revelation.

V22 here in Jeremiah says, “And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

Words of much hope!

Words which the loud voice from the grat white throne takes up in Revelation 21, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”

God’s message of hope to us is the same throughout His word! Hallelujah for this.

And His message is for our good.

Temporally, now, we have the assurance of salvation in Jesus. This is a hope that nothing else can give us, a wonder that no other can give.

Eternally, _then_, we have the hope and assurance of life with God Himself, the church and Christ joined in perfection, God having made all things new.

Let’s be encouraged in this, that we are loved. That God is preparing a place for us. That we will one day be restored in full.

* Father God,

Our pain is incurable apart from You. We cannot fix it ourselves.

But in Jesus You restore our fortunes, You restore health to us, You heal our wounds.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Amen.

September 27, Reading 3 – Hebrews 2

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SAA Notes

Find something about Jesus in this passage that stands out to you. Meditate on verses 14-18. Are there any temptations you think Jesus won’t understand or wouldn’t receive? Why?

SJA Notes

“For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

This is a wonderful hope for us as we walk this road with bumps and stones and travails.

That Jesus is able to help us.

Jesus was tempted and suffered through that – So when we are tempted, feeling the weight of the world, faced with difficult decisions in our walking as God’s people, we can rest assured that Jesus is able to help us!

He is not just a figment being in the ether, without voice or power.

And He is not a malevolent force of destruction and anger, malice and rage.

This is Jesus, the loving God who became a little lower than the angels to bring us into glory.

He has faced suffering and won through it.

Praise God for this, for this hope we have in Jesus!

* Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank You for the assurance we have in Jesus, that He is able to help us.

Please mark us as a faithful and steadfast people Lord, reflecting Your faithfulness and steadfastness.

Amen.