Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 24 "Peace" 2 Kings 9-11

Jezebell asked the question to Elijah in 2 Kings 9 and so did others:  "Have you come in peace?"

Elijah didn't answer them, the perpetrators of evil.  He let them be.  Had no mercy on their wicked ways.  

Such a telling thought to throw a woman out of the window to her death.  God moves and works in ways we don't understand.  Wondering what they thought of this story in that day?  Wondering what we think of this forcible forthright dealing with sinful natures.

May we not take lightly the things we do.  

April 23 " 2 Kings 7-8

When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch.  He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 2 Kings 8:32-34.

Elisha has a d.ouble portion of Elijah's spirit, maybe a triple.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 22 "Shut The Door" 2 Kings 4-5

When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch.  He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 2 Kings 4:33-34

Where is the God of Elijah?  Here He is!  A double portion of Elijah's spirit.  Maybe even more.  God moves through this prophet to heal a widow's son; a destitute widow; a barren woman; another loss of a son.  Amazing work by the Spirit of God.  Who can raise someone from the dead?  

So, shut the door.
Pray in secret.
Fall on your request.
Fall Forward.

April 21 "Where is the God of Elijah?" 2 Kings 1-3

He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.  2 Kings 2:14

I'm beside myself with the evening Christian news.  Woe and behold if you focus on "sin."  People seem to want entertainment more than holy living.  

As we strike the waters to walk on dry land, may we call upon the Sovereign, the One Who sustains and carries us, even to our old age.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 20 "Humbled Himself in His Sin" I Kings 21-22

A vegetable garden.
This whole story is over a vegetable patch.
Ahab wanted Naboth's plot so much.
His Jezebel wife plotted to kill Naboth and servants carried it out.
Along comes Elijah with the word.
You have bought into evil, Ahab.
And Ahab responds with great humility.  In fact:

“Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

There is hope for sin.  
God is always watching, waiting for us to turn to Him.

April 19 "What Am I Doing?" I Kings 18-20

After a long time in the 3rd year, the Word came to Elijah.
You know, sometimes the Word doesn't fall as we wait, expect, hope.

But He always comes.
And He is always asking:
What are you doing here?

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. I Kings 19:12. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
What am I doing here?

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 18 "Don't Remind Me of My Sin" I Kings 15-17

Did you come to remind me of my sin? I Kings 17:18, spoke the widow.  She had already lost her husband.  Now, her only son was dead.  Elijah! Why did you bring this on us---first, no rain ... now, no breath in my precious son.  He's gone.

And, oh! The faith stirs in Elijah.  No one had ever seen someone resurrected from the dead! Elijah asks.  And the request falls on the mercy of God.

It is the living of our lives in holiness that brings change.  Surrender of our sinful ways.  It's not a change of mind but a change of heart.  Now, I know the word in your mouth is truth.  Now I know.  I Kings 17:24.  It's not that you didn't know before.  You just really know today.