Memo: As Culture Declines, Remember Elijah

If shell-shock is starting to set it from the endless bombardment on traditional values, then a brief newsreel from 1 Kings 19 may be helpful.

Elijah the Prophet was on the run. After a spectacular victory on Mt. Carmel against the prophets of Baal, Elijah found himself fleeing the wrath of King Ahab & Queen Jezebel. As he hid in a cave, a conversation takes place between him and God. Let’s zoom in and listen:

The LORD: “What are you doing here Elijah?”

Elijah: “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

Next: Powerful moments of strong wind, a mighty earthquake, and fire. After that…”a still small voice” repeating the question…

The LORD: “What are you doing here Elijah?”

Elijah: “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

Next: The LORD gave Elijah instructions concerning his successor Elisha, then identifies Israel’s new king-Jehu, and finishes with these encouraging words…

The LORD: “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Reminder: When the cultural tide feels like a vortex, be encouraged:

  • There are other followers of Christ who feel the weight of what’s happening, are committed to truth and are praying.
  • God is fully aware of current events and the motives of those involved.
  • Appearance of victory by those who mock God shouldn’t weaken our trust in His sovereignty.
  • Time and circumstances never diminish the strength of God’s promises.
  • Jesus still changes lives EVERY day and it’s an honor to be asked by Him to carry that powerful message to a world that desperately needs it.

Action steps: Walk out of the cave, sense the awesome presence of God, listen for the “still small voice” and carry-on!

About cchrisholland
...Christ-follower, husband, dad, minister, and chronic day-dreamer

4 Responses to Memo: As Culture Declines, Remember Elijah

  1. Michael Snow says:

    And remember that savor-less salt is cast into the street. We need confused Christians to return to being disciples.

    Like

  2. Greg Smith says:

    excellent reminder; thx for a very useful and edifying website.

    Like

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