Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wednesday, May 20th: 1 Kings 19-20, Matthew 10:21-42 ~ Nathan
Chapter 19 starts off just after Elijah has performed a miracle (with God's help) making it visible to all who were there that God is the only true God and Baal was a fake. Elijah went on to kill all the prophets of Baal afterwards.
In chapter 19 we read how Elijah is running for his life after Jezebel threatens to kill him for what he did to the prophets of Baal. Elijah is terrified but God helps him again and shows himself to Elijah in a few more miracles. First God sends an angel to give Elijah food, then He reveals himself to Elijah by causing a massive wind that breaks off a part of a mountain, followed by an earthquake and fire. God then spoke to Elijah in a gentle voice giving him instructions to go back and anoint Elisha as the next prophet.
Even though Israel and Judah keep sinning against God, God still provides prophets to help those that want to obey God. It says in verse 18 that there were approximately 7000 in Israel that still obeyed God. Those 7000 reminded me of the Christians in North America. We Christians were once in the majority here in Canada (like all of Israel once followed God) and Canada's laws were based upon what the Bible teaches. We are now in the minority and our nation doesn't seem to want anything to do with God. And yet God still provides good leaders in our churches . This makes me appreciate our pastors and church leaders.
In our New Testament reading we read more about how difficult it is to follow Christ. This goes along with what I mentioned earlier that struck me, about God's followers being in the minority back in Elijah's day. The same thing is true today, Christians are in the minority here, and shouldn't expect to have it easy. In fact, we can expect persecution in some form and need to be ready to respond in a way that honours God and shows that we are proud to follow him, and not ashamed.
That is my prayer and goal, to not be ashamed anytime, that I'm a follower of Christ.