Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 7)
So he said, 'I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.'
(God's Revelation to Elijah)
Then He said, 'Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.' And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small Voice.
So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a Voice came to him, and said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'
And he said, 'I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.'
1 Kings 19:10-14 (NKJV)
Elijah was a great prophet of the Lord. In 1 Kings 18, he challenged 850 false prophets of King Ahab to a cook-off. Both sides laid their meat on the wood, but without fire. Elijah said: 'Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the Lord; and the God Who answers by fire, He is God' (1 Kings 18:24).
Our God cooked. Theirs did not. 'Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, 'The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!' ' (v.39). These people returned to the true God, and with their help, Elijah slew every false prophet. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel vowed revenge.
In a 'Very zealous' exhaustion, Elijah's triumph turned to terror. He fled into the wilderness and asked God to take his life. After 40 days, the Lord spoke to Elijah--in 'A still small Voice.' He comforted Elijah and reassured him He was not alone: 'I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal' (1 Kings 19:18). Then He gave him an assistant, one who would become a most remarkable successor: Elisha.
Here's the thing: Our 21st century Earth is filled with false prophets and idol worship--in greater quantity than ancient Israel. In very zealous exhaustion, Christians are fighting the good fight--sometimes on course, sometimes off--and sometimes depressed. Even good busyness can deplete us. Therefore, we must get alone and get quiet to get God: to receive His guidance and His help.
'When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father Who is in the secret place' (Matthew 6:6).
Public enemy #1 has waged a successful noise campaign, and we well know it. Public Friend #1 has waged a victorious counter-campaign--and we must know it better. God's campaign requirements? Get quiet and listen. He'll lead you step-by step through your personal action plan.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.