Hope and hearing

Re: Verse reading–1 Kings 19:1-18 (day seven)  

“Go out and stand on the mountains in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”–v 11

If you lose hope, you lose your ability to hear–so far as God is concerned.  Discouragement is a weak grip that cannot hold onto God’s word.  His promises and commands will come, but the hopeless heart will have no strength to receive them.

For 30 years, Elijah welcomed the word of God with manly courage.  Every time.  Now in a sad lapse of confidence, his heart (and his feet) are unmoved.  Discouraged.  Hopeless.

Then,  God comes in an intriguing, new way,  Still small voice. Elijah intuitively understands.  Not “more of the same”.  God is ever new.  Elijah goes to investigate.

John Paul Jones said, “I have not begun to fight” (1779, American Revolutionary War). God says the same.  Only better.  We may be defeated.  God isn’t.

Hope again!  Your hearing will return.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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