Gems 2015 — April 14 Scripture Selection: I Kings 19-21

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 14 Scripture Selection: I Kings 19-21

Food for Thought: I Kings 19:1-18

People can get so caught up in their challenging, personal circumstances that they lose perspective of reality. Elijah was distraught and in utter depression because of the conditions he found himself in after having ardently spent all his energies in the service of the Lord under immense difficulties. In his conversation with the Lord, he reminded Him of the zeal he had while facing the oppression and blasphemous acts of Israel’s leaders and complained that he was the only one left standing for the Lord. It sure did look like that to him, but it was entirely untrue.

Elijah was never alone. After all, wasn’t God’s presence sufficient? And besides that, he had been accompanied by an angel who spoke to him and fed him twice. That should have been of great comfort to him, but his emotional condition kept him from rationally taking in the truth. Then the Lord also reminded him that there were “seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him” that God had reserved (vs. 18).

The apostle Paul was no stranger to such hardships yet was able to continue declaring positive faith statements, as described in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” By the Holy Spirit, he was able to receive comfort from the Lord and be encouraged, as evidenced in II Corinthians 7:5-6, “For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.”

Things are never as bad as they seem! God is MUCH greater than our circumstances. And though it may seem that we are alone standing in faith, we certainly are not. When we add up all who are with us, in addition to the fact that the Lord is on our side (Ps. 124:1-3) and promises to never leave us nor forsake us ((Heb. 13:5) and He alone is more than enough for us!), plus the ministering angels sent to encamp around us (Ps. 91:11), and the countless faithful believers strategically placed all around the world, we can be comforted and strengthened to continue standing strong and living by faith in the assignment that the Lord has for us.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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