He [Elijah] said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” (1 Kings 19:10-11a ESV)
Most mornings, I’m not jumping out of bed, excited for another day of work. I usually drag myself to the kitchen to make coffee, thinking about all the tasks I haven’t yet completed in the office, at church and at home. I can sometimes find myself discouraged & overwhelmed within the first few minutes of the day.
It’s pretty human to get caught up in the rhythms of life and feel the strain of the endless amount of expectations set on us. But this is certainly not the life that we have been called to as followers of Christ; we have been promised us a life of abundance! (John 10:10)
I find myself relating well to Elijah. He was tired, fed up and simply wanting a break; he tried to make himself feel better by hiding from God. We may also try to “hide” from the Lord, but our Father keeps close by our side.
God calls us out of our “hiding” and His is not a complex instruction, it’s a simple request for an act of faith. He says to us “ Go out and stand”. But are we alone? No! He gives us the strength we need. Phillipians 4:13 promises “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” When we follow the Lord with all our heart, He will surely bring glory to His name.
Have the courage today to stand with the knowledge that God is always with you, and trust in His purpose for your life.