From Handbook to Scripture, Day 100
READING: 1 KINGS 19
Victory often produces vulnerability. After his spectacular public defeat of 850 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.
Prayer: 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: verses 11–13, 18