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Provision, Preparation, Revelation, Assignment, Reminder

I Kings 19:13
Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I've allowed a couple of days to slip by without being in the word - days, that I've come to discover, I could not afford to miss. Because when I feel the pressure, I need the Word to keep me anchored, much like Elijah in this passage.

Elijah's life has been threatened by Jezebel, so he runs. As he runs, he whines (v.4), taunting God to do the very thing he was afraid Jezebel would do. That's often the the case when people feel threatened. Instead of facing a challlenge or confrontation, we run. Then we kind of accuse God of instigating the whole thing. God rpovides Elijah with sustinance and gives him a word about what is ahead - "the journey is too great for you." (v. 8).

After Elijah's journey to nowhere, God meets him where He finds him - in a cave, withdrawn and weary. God knew where to find Elijah and helps Elijah to find Him, not in the big stuff but in the small voice (v. 12). God graciously allows Elijah to get stuff off of his chest. Instead of directly confronting Elijah's pity party, God give him something to. An assignment to get his mind off of himself and engaged again in life (v. 14-15). I wonder how much stuff of the stuff that God gives me to do is His way to move me out of my cave? Finally, God reminds him he is not alone.

I need to be reminded of these things. God will resources me for the journey because he knows where I will end up and knows what the result will be. I need to be reminded that God speaks in the whispers. And I need to be aware that some of what He give me to do is to move me out of the isolation I have retreated into to be reminded that I am not alone.

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