June 12th, 2018 — IGNITE

So, I’m going to be right up front with you today: the word today is a word of encouragement, but it is going to be a tough, soul-searching kind of word. It’s not meant to make you feel guilty or worthless, but a word, that if needed, will jolt you back into your calling, destiny and purpose. Here goes…

You know, sometimes we think we’re irreplaceable. We are the only one who has our act together… we are the only one who can do the job right… we are the only one who hears from the Lord. And that probably isn’t even a deliberate thought. It’s more like something that happens to us over time as our self-centered man/woman rises. We begin to think that we are God’s one and only and without us, God would be at a great loss. But that’s not true and here’s why I say that.

Elijah was a great prophet of God (1 Kings 17). He walked in power and wisdom. God used him in miraculous ways. He prophesied there would be a famine in the land until he said it would rain. He provided the flour and oil for the widow and then when her son died, he brought him back to life. He competed against the prophets of Baal one day and defeated 450 of them with one prayer (1 Kings 18).

But even though he did all those things in the power of the LORD God, he became deathly afraid of one lady, the king’s wife, Jezebel, who hated him and was out to kill him. So he ran away (1 Kings 19), believing she had more power and authority over his life than God did. He even prayed that God would just take his life (1 Kings 19:4).

It was then Elijah had an encounter with God. God wasn’t in the strong wind, the earthquake or the fire, but Elijah recognized God in the “sound of a gentle blowing.” (1 Kings 19:12)

Twice God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19:9, 13). Both times Elijah answered the question with the same answer…
“I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts… and I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” (1 Kings 19:10,14)

I believe God asked him the same question twice because He was looking for a different answer the second time. After hearing God in the “gentle blowing,” He wanted Elijah to regain his sight… his calling… his purpose… his destiny. But he didn’t. He was too inner focused. Too consumed with his fear of Jezebel.

It was then God told him this…
“You shall anoint… Elisha… as prophet in your place.” 1 Kings 19:16

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God wants to use you. God will use you. But understand, He wants you to walk in faith, relying totally on Him. You’re never alone.

Keep me focused on You. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen