Victory often produces vulnerability. After his spectacular public defeat of eight hundred and fifty false prophets, Elijah fled for his life when he received a threatening message from Queen Jezebel. In his depression and despair, Elijah was nourished by an angel as he headed south all the way to Mount Horeb. There in a cave on the mountain, the Lord gently dealt with him. The Lord was not in the violent wind or the earthquake or the fire, but He spoke to Elijah in a still small voice. The Lord instructed His despondent prophet to return north and anoint Hazael as king over Syria, Jehu as king over Israel, and Elisha as his successor.
READING of 1 KINGS 19
Lord, I thank You for the gentle ways in which You encourage me in times of despondency. May I learn to fear and trust You rather than people, and may I have the courage to carry out Your commands to the honor of Your name.
Meditation passage for today: verses 11-13, 18