September 27, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 19

Reading

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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.

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