We have all at one time or another ran from hard things in our life. Often times it is something at work that is difficult. Maybe you get a new job, or it is that college class that is just too hard, so you quit. Or maybe it is just a hard conversation that you need to have with a friend or a family member, and you are not sure how it will go over. Whatever it is we have all ran from something at some time. Elijah’s “hard thing” was Jezebel was going to kill him. So he takes off, as I am sure many would do.
He ends up hiding out in a cave where the Lord appears to him. Elijah tells his problems and informs God that he just wants his life to be over because he can’t do it. Then God does something incredible. He reminds Elijah that there is nothing that cannot be accomplished by His power. The passage talks about the earth shaking and the wind blowing and fire being all around; basically an unreal crazy storm and yet God was in none of that. Those things where basically what happens when He is coming. And in the midst of it all He whispers to Elijah. So Elijah comes out and God informs him of the plan that He has.
Often times we think that we cannot get through what is in front of us and we completely forget that we belong to a God who loves us and has a plan for us. We can attack any hard thing, any challenge, and any circumstance head on because we have hope in a Holy God that will not forsake us.
What are you running from today?
Is it time for you to start attacking instead of avoiding it?
Do you truly trust and know that God will be there through it all?
Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate