June 16: continue to live

The stories of the prophet Elijah are amazing. He went where God sent him and ravens brought him food. When God sent him to the widow of Zarephath for food, though she had only enough for one meager meal, she never ran out of food. Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and proved that the LORD God could do what Baal could not. But then when threatened by Queen Jezebel, he ran to the wilderness afraid, choosing death rather than risking an encounter with Jezebel.

I think I understand. I’ve never experienced a series of supernatural miracles like Elijah, but I have felt the presence and power of God in one experience and then doubted that God could be that same presence and power in the next. God remains faithful. It’s me that wavers.

God promised Elijah a sign that God was with him. It was not the wind storm. It was not the earthquake. It was not the fire. It was a gentle whisper. Hearing the whisper and knowing again the presence and power of God, Elijah could continue. Being quiet and still, waiting for the whisper – that continues to be my challenge today.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Today’s readings: 1 Kings 17-19; Colossians 2

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