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1 Kings 19:10 He (Elijah) replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
When it come to this, the brokenness, the exhaustion, the encroaching fear, the doubt, perhaps even the anger and wonderment whether everything you have done is essentially meaningless, what is left for you? Much of the Church today continue to go through the motions and rituals with little hope of any sort of relief or validation. Frustration builds, and in our weakness, we tend to slip away from the source of that frustration which in this instance is the “body of Christ”.
We are conditioned from childhood to look for validation immediately and we become angered when it doesn’t come. As we mature in Christ, assuming we press forward in spite of these obstacles we will discover that the validation we seek has already been given. It is to be found in the “deep, deep love” of Jesus and His death on the cross. Read on from the text above and discover how even though Elijah made his complaint twice God had a plan for his next steps. Rejoice! The Lord is King!