Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.
1 Kings 19:11
Read 1 Kings 19:1-18
As a prophet, one of Elijah’s duties is to confront the problem of Baal worship. Because of this, Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, wanted Elijah dead. The threat of the queen reached Elijah’s knowledge, and it leads him running to the wilderness. The prophet felt so distressed, scared, discouraged, and alone. He felt so helpless he even prayed for death. The angel of the Lord visited Elijah and ministered to him. When he gained enough strength, he journeyed forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night (v. 1-5).
Elijah met God in the same mountain where Moses first met God. The Lord God lifted him up by His presence through a gentle whisper. He was expecting God to act in ways He thought would be more impressive for his situation. Instead, God used a mountain-ripping hurricane wind, a powerful earthquake, and a raging fire. These perhaps are ways Elijah thought God would do to reveal His greatness to him and to the non-believers, but God wasn’t in the wind, earthquake, or fire. God used a gentle whisper to show His character and to express His presence (v. 10-13).
We expect God to move the way we want Him to move. Unconsciously, we expect Him to align His ways and plans to ours. God is more than the One whom we thought is the greatest. He is more than the One who answers prayers. God is a loving and gentle father who desires to uplift us with His presence. He will meet us in ways we least expect. Let us allow God to renew our spirit and allow us to see life’s difficulties in His perspective.
Do you want to experience God’s renewing presence today? Seek and you shall find.
God’s perspective, not ours.
Step 1: Put on a “Smile” (and if appropriate take a step back) and say to yourself: “Jesus, I need you.” (Diffuses tension, relaxes the jaw, open to change)
Step 2: Breathe In and Breathe out slowly: calms your mind, relaxes your body and renews your spirit. Gives time for the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words, and actions. Disengage from the situation when appropriate. “Jesus, I trust you.”
Step 3: Love: wrap you and the person(s) or situation in the white light of love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and peace. Pray for those who persecute you. “Jesus I love you.”
As Jesus is all and in all, we have been given the mandate to love one another.
Jesus Christ is the game changer…Jesus, I need you, trust you and love you.
Unite all in Love for God is Love!