The greatest thing to remain is..

 

There are times in life when we lack hope, and sometimes just cannot demonstrate that we have faith. Consider the prophet Elijah. One of Israels’ greatest prophets. He had battled with the prophets of Baal and they lost. He saw the power of God demonstrated in a way that the people have never seen before. He hoped that this miraculous event would give them pause and turn them from their wicked ways. Could one ever state that there was a prophet more hopeful or filled with faith and love for his God and his people than Elijah? But a woman’s threats unraveled him. All he had left was his love for his God and his love for His people. He lost faith and hope.

And he came thither unto a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said unto him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” 10 And he said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, thrown down Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword. And I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 1 Kings 19:9-11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) 

Here God shows Elijah his plan for His people and His love for His servant.

11 And He said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

Elijah was tired and worn out. He had lost hope, he lost faith in the nation changing from its evil ways, but His love for God remained. God showed him that He had not given up on His people and also that he knew the prophet was worn out.

So he departed from thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth; and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

Although Elijah was at the point of giving up and was definitely fearful when it came to Jezebel love remained strong. God sees us at our point of need. Sometimes hope of change seems as if it is an ethereal construct, and faith begins to wane because all of the things we have prayed and hoped for has not materialized, but our love for God remains. We will feel like Elijah, but do not give up. Allow the love of God to bolster you in those times of hopelessness and when it appears that you do not have the faith of a grain of mustard seed.  Even if nothing works out as you expect – His love and yours for Him will remain strong for the Holy Spirit dwells within you. Give with love, serve with love, live a life of love and the power of love will present itself to you as you walk through this life. Let the power of His love remain in you and set you free!

 

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