Posts Tagged ‘elijah’

The Pain of Disappointment

Jun 10

by Victoria Robinson

The prophet Jeremiah once inquired of God, “I am badly injured and in constant pain. Are you going to disappoint me, like a stream that goes dry in the heat of summer?” There can be great pain when we are disappointed. Consider some of the people before us who had to deal with disappointment.

  • Naomi experienced the disappointment of losing her husband and sons and even changed her name to Mara which means bitter.
  • Amongst tremendous other woes, Job had to endure the disappointment of fair-weather friends.
  • The widow living in Zarephath who had tended to Elijah’s needs, and whose son became ill and died.

Strangely enough the Word of God clearly states, “For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed.” So how in the world does this truth come together with the pain of disappointment we see over and over in the Scriptures? Needless to say, all Scriptures need to be looked at in light of the entire Bible. While there certainly will be disappointments, the final outcome of our lives can be victorious. Every example of disappointment listed above does have a great ending.

Clearly all of our disappointments towards God are a result of not accepting His will. There is however another form of disappointment that can actually be good. That is when we are disappointed in our own sinful actions and turn to our heavenly Father in repentance. Make no mistake that sorrow without repentance does us no good. The apostle Paul said, “For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.”

Dearest girlfriends, lets us place our trust in our heavenly Father when we are faced with the pain of disappointment.

I am badly injured and in constant pain. Are you going to disappoint me, like a stream that goes dry in the heat of summer? ~ Jeremiah 15:18 CEV

For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. ~ Romans 10:11 TLB

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” ~ Ruth 1:20-21 NIV

The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” ~ Ruth 4:14-15 NIV

… But they were disappointed, just as I am with you. Only one look at my suffering, and you run away scared. ~ Job 6:20-21 CEV

After Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made Job twice as rich as he had been before. Then Job gave a feast for his brothers and sisters and for his old friends. They expressed their sorrow for the suffering the Lord had brought on him, and they each gave Job some silver and a gold ring. The Lord now blessed Job more than ever … ~ Job 42:10-12 CEV 

Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” ~ 1 Kings 17:17-18 NIV 
 
“Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”  ~ 1 Kings 17:19-23 NIV
 
For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:10 NLT

And so the Lord says, “I’m laying a firm foundation for the city of Zion. It’s a valuable cornerstone proven to be trustworthy; no one who trusts it will ever be disappointed. ~ Isaiah 26:16 CEV

… Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed. ~ Isaiah 49:23 NIV

A Shady Deal

Jun 04

by Victoria Robinson

It might sound absurd to say, but have you ever considered that the Lord has made a “shady” deal with you? The psalmist says, “The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.”

To have a place of shade on a sunny day is so refreshing. That truly is a gift God gives us. Spiritually speaking, we can rest in the shadow of the Almighty. We can do this by dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. Our heavenly father provides a level of protection that is hard to fathom.

It was under the shade of a broom tree that Elijah found comfort and strength from the Lord. He was fleeing for his life and an angel came and prepared food for him and directed his next steps.

Dearest girlfriends, lets us enjoy the “shady” deal our heavenly Father has made with us and find refuge in His protection.

The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. ~ Psalm 121:5-8 NIV
 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ~ Psalm 91:1-2 NIV
 
She sent a message to Elijah: “You killed my prophets. Now I’m going to kill you! I pray that the gods will punish me even more severely if I don’t do it by this time tomorrow.” Elijah was afraid when he got her message, and he ran to the town of Beersheba in Judah. He left his servant there, then walked another whole day into the desert. Finally, he came to a large bush and sat down in its shade. He begged the Lord, “I’ve had enough. Just let me die! I’m no better off than my ancestors.” Then he lay down in the shade and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel woke him up and said, “Get up and eat.” Elijah looked around, and by his head was a jar of water and some baked bread. He sat up, ate and drank, then lay down and went back to sleep. ~ 1 Kings 19:2-6 CEV

Wholeheartedly Burning Your Bridge

Apr 02

by Victoria Robinson

The story of the Lord calling Elisha to serve as a prophet is a strong reminder that we are to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. As soon as Elisha is called, he goes home to say goodbye to his mother and father. He then proceeds to take his yoke of oxen, slaughter them, and using the wood plow, cooks the meat and prepares a farewell meal for all the people. He essentially burned his bridge and had no intention of turning back. This man had confidence the Lord’s call would work out.

Have you “burned your bridge” when the Lord called you, or have you hung on to something just in case your new life did not work out? We should all have the dedication of Elisha when serving the Lord.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would “burn” anything that is holding us back from serving the Lord wholeheartedly.

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. ~ 1 Kings 19:19-21 NIV
 
In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. ~ 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV

Ministering in the Throes of Agony

Mar 09

by Victoria Robinson

Are you a girl who when in the throes of agony really shines or do you curl up in a fetal position? There once was a widow, (No, she did not live in a shoe!) who found herself in the throes of agony. Her husband had died and now here she was broke, without food and had a son to care for as well as herself. Along comes a man named Elijah. Instead of caring for her, he instead ask her to make him some food. Now I know the scriptures admonish us to practice hospitality and share with those in need, but really girlfriends would you give food to a stranger over your own son. Yet this is where this faithful woman put the needs of others above herself and divinely ministered in the throes of agony. She prepares Elijah’s food with the very last of her provision only to find the Lord multiplied what she had and kept her, her son, and Elijah supplied until the drought came to an end. Later in the story we see how the Lord used Elijah to save her son’s life. Quite a payback from our gracious Lord!

Dearest Girlfriends, I pray we would be steadfast in ministry to others even in the throes of agony.

Then the word of the LORD came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah. Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”  ~ 1 Kings 17:8-24 NIV

A Generous Lady

Nov 30

by Victoria Robinson

Are you known as a generous lady who refreshes others? There is a story in the book of First Kings about a widow who had only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. God sent Elijah to ask her for some bread. Now wait a minute girlfriends, I consider myself pretty creative in the kitchen when it comes to making something out of a few ingredients, but this is pushing the envelope. There is one more important twist to this story. This precious lady had a son to feed as well. So what would you have done? Give your last meal to a stranger or give it to your son? What a heart wrenching decision to make! She made a choice I am not so sure I would have made. Yet, this lady had the generous heart of her heavenly Father. The outcome of her decision was amazing. God kept her food from running out until the drought was over. And oh yeah, there is yet another twist to this wonderful story. Her son later died and God used Elijah to pray for him and he came back to life.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would operate in the generosity of our heavenly Father. 

The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. ~ Proverbs 11:25 NLT
 
So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah. ~ 1 Kings 17:10-16 NIV