DEVOTION – DAY 83
Acts 17:11 “How To Know The Truth.”
I Kings 19:5-6 “Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once, an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.”
The prophet Elijah had fled in a hurry fearing for his life because Queen Jezebel wanted him dead. Elijah fled into the wilderness and there, exhausted, he slept under a bush. God had not forgotten Elijah. He sent an angel to even prepare a hot meal of freshly baked bread and a jar of water so that Elijah would be fed and strengthened. 1 Kings 19 gives us an account of Elijah when his spirits were low. He was afraid and thought he was alone representing God and he was thinking that God should judge the nation of Israel with natural disasters like earthquakes, fire and windstorms because of their idolatrous ways (v.14).
Like Elijah, we sometimes complain to God when we find that things are not going smoothly for us, even as we serve Him. We complain when we face obstacles and challenges. We get tired, worried and even confused as to why things are so difficult. We may even doubt where God is in the midst of our difficulties. Why is He silent?
But the reality is that God is with us just as He was with Elijah. God told Elijah he was not alone in Israel as His prophet. God had saved a remnant of 7,000 of His people (v.18). God even provided a hot meal to feed Elijah. God had sent His angel to protect Elijah. And God was not willing to punish Israel yet for being idolatrous. God was going to give Israel an opportunity to repent and He was going to get Elisha to replace Elijah as His prophet. From this passage we learn that we have no right to complain or doubt God’s goodness. He knows when we have reached our limits. He is patient and understand us better than even ourselves. We can trust God always.
I know someone who earlier this year decided to buy an apartment. He and his wife found a small apartment in an area that they liked and they signed the legal papers to buy the property. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic spread quickly. Businesses were badly affected and this man’s wife had her salary cut by 70% and his own job became unstable. With such a sharp drop in their incomes, they were not sure if they could carry on with the purchase of the property. But if they cancel the contract, they would have lost their deposit. They could only trust God and pray for God’s help. They prayed for God to reveal to them whether they should continue with the purchase of the property of to cancel it. They are trusting that if it is God’s will for them to continue, then, a new job will be found for his wife since her current job had a sharp drop in salary but her workload remained the same. This couple is continuing to trust God and they know that God is with them through this current crisis.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for being our personal and loving God. Thank you for watching over us and please continue to guide us through our current challenges as we trust in you. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we humbly ask. Amen.
- When things do not go smoothly for you, what is your usual reaction to God? Do you complain and doubt God or do you trust in Him?
- What are some steps you should take in times of crisis as you continue to trust God?
- What current challenges are you facing?
- Will you trust God to help you just as He did for Elijah?