Re:Verse passage – 1 Kings 19:3-8 (day three)

“[Elijah] requested for himself that he might die…”

Maybe Elijah’s depression commenced when he realized Carmel wasn’t going to yield lasting spiritual change. At Horeb, God seemed to reveal that he’d brought the fire because Elijah had asked him to, but that long term turning of hearts to heaven would be a work of God through faithful disciples living daily with people face to face. God spoke softly, then showed Elijah the wind, the earthquake, the fire — none of which manifested God’s presence. Instead, God inhabited the quiet hours in the cave. Elijah had sought lasting renewal through an encounter with a God big enough to shout down a nation’s idolatry. Spiritual transformation for the long haul, though, will happen by way of a God small enough to enter each person’s experience, calling that person by name through you and me.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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