Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 14, 2015

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, … They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 19.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.  2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”  3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.  4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”  5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree;  and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.”  6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water.  So he ate and drank and lay down again.  7 The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.”  8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.

9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword.  And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

11 So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”  And behold, the Lord was passing by!  And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking 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 After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire;  and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.  13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.  And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  14 Then he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts;  for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword.  And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram;  16 and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.  17 It shall come about, the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall put to death.  18 Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”  1 Kings 19:1-18.

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Today’s Scripture shows us God’s grace given to Elijah in different forms which are also familiar to us.

Sometimes, God’s grace comes to us as simple as food and drink which strengthens us and cheers us.

Sometimes, God’s grace comes to us a spiritual “mountain-top” experience like a church retreat.

Sometimes, God’s grace comes to us in the “fire” of God’s word.  “Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”  Jeremiah 23:29.

Sometimes, God’s grace comes to us as a gentle blowing of the wind.  We feel a gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit to do or to not do something.

And sometimes, God’s grace comes to us as encouragement from realization that we are not alone.  There are fellow saints out there to encourage and help us.

Sometimes, it may not be the grace that we want or expect, but, whatever grace we do receive, God’s grace is sufficient for us.  “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9.

But, when we try to meditate on the total number and the nature of the lovingkindnesses that we receive, we learn more and more of “the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:7.  We learn more and more of “the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.”  Ephesians 1:7-8.

And, our own words are too weak, so we use Scripture to form our praise.

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!”  Psalm 139:17.

“22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23.

“14 But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation (“TULIP” – smile) all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them.
16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.”  Psalm 71:14-16.

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