Happy New week
Hope you had a lovely weekend.
Last night I was having a conversation with hubby about how I feel as though I am not doing great things for God according to my schedule. His response was:
Let me backtrack a little, two days ago the anxiety regarding this season of limbo was so bad that I couldn’t sleep. If you know me well, you know that I rarely have sleep problems. So I got up, made myself some hot chocolate, and sat down to read my bible. This quieted down my rumbling stomach.
I read the story about Elijah and I was so encouraged. After Elijah told King Ahab ”As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives – the God whom I worship and serve – there will be no due or rain during the next few years unless I give he word!” God led him Kerith Brook and commanded the ravens to bring him food. After a while the brook dried up and the Lord told him to go and live in the village of Zarephath. There he found a widow who had been instructed to feed him. These stays were not just a ‘one night sleep over’, they took some time. (1 kings 17)
In the third year of the drought, God asked Elijah to present himself to King Ahab with the message that ‘God would soon send rain’. After which they decided to have a contest on Mount Carmel.
21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
But the people said nothing.
22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”
25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.
Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of theLord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”
34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.
“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.
36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! TheLord—he is God!” ( 1 Kings 18:21-39)
After 3 years in what may seem as limbo, God displayed His power through Elijah. We are not told what went through Elijah’s heart and mind while being feed by ravens and a widow, but at long last, God used Him to do something mighty. Though, he was not defined by the season that He was in.
I sometimes fall into this trap, but I am learning that He is the God of the whole journey.
Are you in a season of solitude and preparation, where you feel there is not much action?
Do you get weary of waiting on the Lord?
Embrace the season of preparation, it won’t last forever. In His time, He will unveil you to the world. You will live out your purpose fearlessly for Him.
The prayer of the day,
I thank you that You chose me. Thank you for Your grace and calling over my life. Sometimes I have a rotten attitude towards the season of preparation, help me to embrace it and enjoy it. I desire to learn more from You and experience You more.
Satisfy me with Your love; satisfy me with Yourself.
I praise and worship you. I declare that I am available for You to use me as You see fit. I can trust your plan even in the lonely seasons.
Be exalted and magnified.
In Jesus name I pray and believe,
The song of the day:
Do not despise the season of preparation.
Blessings upon blessings.
P.S if you would like me to stand with you in prayer, send me an email on ess@firstname.lastname@example.org