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By Wally Fry

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Follow Me-A Prophet is Purified

This is the last repeat of previous published blog posts in this Follow Me series. Thanks for bearing with me while I got my life caught back up.

We could say a lot about Isaiah, but we won’t. This sort of series, Follow Me, isn’t really designed to give a full biography of any person or to do an exposition of all the Scriptures around them. All I want to do with these is capture a brief devotional-like thought that maybe we can apply to our lives.

Isaiah 6:5-8 King 

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Here  am I, send me.“What a great line, right? We should all be that way. When God calls, that should be the response of all of us. I have talked on that passage before; today, however, that won’t be the point. There’s some other important stuff here that we should all take notice of because it is critical information. The thought behind it is critical.

There is an order here that matters, and it matters a lot. I don’t see that God called, Isaiah answered, and later at some point became purified. Friends, that’s not how it works. That would be a works/merit-based system, and that’s not the Grace program.

Isaiah lamented his sin, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips” That’s repentance, right there my friend. Jesus told us, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3. The realization of our sinful condition and separation from God is necessary for salvation. Note here, that nobody says we have to stop sinning for salvation. Isaiah was poor in Sprit.

thine iniquity is taken away” The Prophet’s sin, his iniquity, was TAKEN away. It was taken, or washed, by God. Again, Isaiah did absolutely nothing to make this happen, other than his realization of his state and his apparent faith. 

It’s important to see here, that God didn’t call Isaiah for a work until he was pure. That matters a lot. God calls the impure and unsaved for one thing, and one thing only; He calls us to repent and believe, and from that comes salvation. Then, and only then is God going to issue a call for us to work.

Friends, understand this. If you are working and striving in hopes that you will make yourself clean enough for God…..stop. It won’t work. Be made clean first by the blood of Jesus Christ. Then, get to work! Say those words, “Here am I , send me.”

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Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 15

1 Kings 19

“So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee? And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.” 1 Kings 19:19-20

So, now Elijah is finished with his crisis and is ready to move on. As we can see from the text, once he and God were done, he moved quickly to begin the tasks he had been assigned. The following has been published a couple of times around this blog, just never as part of this Elijah series. So, here it is again, as it is part of Elijah’s story and if we don’t tell it again, it will be an odd gap in our story. So, enjoy!

As we read this story, we see the great Prophet Elijah nearing the end of his ministry; in fact, he had been commanded by God to pass his mantle on the man God had selected to be his successor, Elisha. Elijah did as he was told, and encountered the future prophet Elisha plowing his fields, and cast his mantle upon him. In this way, he signified the calling of Elisha. The mantle or cape of a prophet was a sign of his station; Elisha would have known immediately what the casting of it on him meant.

Elisha was plowing with a 12 yoke of oxen. This would be in today’s frame of reference, the biggest, fanciest combine a farmer could buy. Actually, he was really not likely actually plowing on plow with that many oxen; in reality, he was probably overseeing and managing 12 others plowing with 12 yoke of oxen. Elisha was NOT some small-time farmer; he had stuff and was likely not a poor man. He was also a gainfully employed, very busy man. The future prophet was not looking for something to do; he had plenty to do.

Notice how Elisha had to run after Elijah. Elijah didn’t wait around talking, he just tossed the cape and kept on going. Elisha understood and had a decision to make. He immediately ran after Elijah and asked to tell his mother and father goodbye. He did just that apparently. He also did far more than that; he burned his oxen, his plow and all his equipment. Clearly, Elisha was never going back; he was committed!

When God calls us, do we turn our back on what and who we were and answer? Nobody is suggesting we necessarily burn our house down, or set fire to our car; the thought, however, remains the same. Too often we “follow” God but keep a handy back up plan in place in case things don’t work out. If the calling is a true one, we don’t NEED a backup plan. If we answer, God will equip and provide.

Follow Me-A Priest Gets Ready to Go

Ezra 7:6-10

This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him. And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king. And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

Ezra 7-10

As various Persian Kings granted the authority to do so, various groups of Jews who had been in the Babylonian Captivity began returning to Jerusalem to re-establish the thing which had been destroyed during the conquest some 70 years before. There were three waves of returnees. Wave one was the group led by Zerubbabel, who returned to rebuild the Temple. The third was the wave led by Nehemiah, who returned to rebuild the city wall of Jerusalem and the city itself. The second wave was led by Ezra and was going to rebuild nothing which was physical. Ezra’s mission was to restore and rebuild the newly free nation spiritually. He was to teach all the things of the law and restore Israel to proper worship of their God.

Clearly, Ezra was called for this mission, and clearly, God saw the need for a man to return to Jerusalem to accomplish it. Why is this clear? Well, twice in the above passage we are told that the hand of God was upon Ezra. This leaves little doubt as to his calling and the need for Ezra to answer. So, some 60 years after the Temple was completed, Ezra headed that direction as commanded. So, what quick lessons can we glean here?

First, Ezra went. That seems self-evident, but it isn’t really; men and women decline to answer the call of God in their lives all the time. While Ezra was probably a strong, intelligent and competent person, it is God’s call and hand in it which ultimately enabled Him to succeed in his mission. God will give us all we need to do His will; the only thing He won’t provide is the willingness on our part. So, had he not been willing, then this post would have been about somebody else.

The need for spiritual instruction and restoration is as real to Christians today as it was to the Jews in that day. The need for men willing to step forth boldly and accomplish that is also as real today as it was then. There is something else we who are called should have in common with Ezra:

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

Friends, that right there sets the standard for all who are called to be teachers of God’s Word to others. If we approach it any other way, then we are not performing to standard. Anything less and we are half stepping.

Ezra prepared his heart. Being a teacher of faith to others is not an accident. We have to be prepared spiritually. This will require much prayer, study and meditation on both the Scriptures and about God’s desires.

What did Ezra prepare his heart to do? He prepared it to seek the law of the Lord. Nothing has changed here, only we seek the knowledge of God’s completed canon of Scripture. If we are attempting to be teachers and are not striving to be as knowledgeable of our teaching as possible then, again, we are half stepping.

Ezra strove to do it. We can’t learn God’s Word until we study it, but once we know it, we should attempt to live it. Can any of us live it perfectly? Of course not. We won’t see perfection until we see heaven. Here is a tough word, teacher friends. If we aren’t at least trying to live God’s Word, we aren’t ready; in fact, if we ignore, openly rebel, or turn a blind eye to disobedience around us we simply should not be leaders or teachers. This is worse than half stepping.

On after Ezra learned God’s Word did he try to live it. Only after he lived it did he try to teach it. He had two things: God’s hand on him, and his own willing and prepared heart.

Friends, the Israelites deserved this from the man who was to teach them God’s law, and those we are responsible for deserve it from us.

Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 14

1 Kings 19

“Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18

We have reached the point where Elijah is about to spring back in action. Before he did, however, God had one last thing to say to the prophet. One of Elijah’s laments was that he thought he was the only surviving, working believer in all of Israel. God made it clear that this was not so and that there was still a believing remnant in Israel that Elijah did not know about. God informs Elijah that there are still 7000 left who have not turned to the worship of Baal. Is this a literal figure of 7000 or is it symbolic? I see no reason to dispute that God means exactly what He said. That’s actually a fair number of people in the nation, to be honest. At the current size of Israel that would be almost a faithful believer in every square mile of the nation! Given the sparse population in that day, that is not insignificant. Some writers assign a more symbolic nature to the number 7000, in that 7, 70, 700 and 7000 are all variables representing the completeness of God. In this case, this number may be symbolic and a representation of God’s sovereign will and ability to always have a chosen and preserved remnant true to Him. That works just fine also.

God is always working His plan, and He will always ensure the resources to accomplish it are available; that includes people who will remain faithful to him. The instances of God preserving a faithful remnant are found throughout Scripture. Noah and his family being chosen of all the world to survive the great flood, Lot and his two daughters surviving the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and even the rescue of Rahab from Jericho all come to mind. As we move into the New Testament we see that while talking to Peter in Caesarea Philippi, that Jesu promises the perpetuity of his churches:

 Matthew 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

So, the preservation of a faithful remnant ready and able to do the Lord’s work is something we see time and time again in the Bible.

The issue then was not that God had somehow let things slip into disarray! The issue was all in the mind of Elijah. We already talked about how the prophet had gotten a bit wrapped up in himself, and how God had gotten him back on track with the still, small voice. Then, the Lord closes his conversation with Elijah by directly addressing one of Elijah’s concerns. Elijah was not alone.

Friends, neither are we. It these times, it can be easy for the faithful workers of God to get the mistaken impression that they are alone or at least lonely in the work of God. A cliché says something like 90 percent of the work is done by 10 percent of the people; clichés work because there is usually some truth to them. I suspect that, when we are doing “big,” stuff, that our tendency to think we are alone in the work intensifies. After all, what we are doing is significant, up front, and very mission essential (in our minds.)

There are just a few things we might want to remember when we are faced with our minds going in this direction. First, we just aren’t really that important. God’s plan will happen with us or without us. Anybody remember Esther being told when she hesitated that salvation for the Jews would still come from another if she declined to step in? God has this, and while He wants us on board, our failure to get on board certainly won’t mess up His plan. Secondly, there is a lot of stuff going on in God’s work that we may not think about much but are very important. That guy or girl who replaces the toilet paper in the church restrooms suddenly seems important when we are stuck paperless!

So, next time we get to thinking that we are alone and that clearly God’s work is going to pot around us…it’s not.

Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 13

1 Kings 19

“And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:9-18 

Elijah’s time on Mt Horeb is ending, but first God has a lesson for the prophet. As we recall, Elijah has seemingly run off to My Horeb and had a bit of a pity party. He has complained to God that he has served him faithfully, yet everybody else has been killed off, he is alone, and they want to kill Elijah also. God commands Elijah to leave his cave and stand by on the mountain waiting. Clearly, he is to be waiting for the Lord to make Himself known. First, a strong wind roars by, which was strong enough to break rocks into pieces; yet, God was not in that wind. Then there was an earthquake; yet, God was not in the earthquake. Finally, there was a fire; yet, God was not in the fire either. Where was God?

Finally, there was nothing but a still small voice. Some translations call it a low whisper, or a quiet whisper. This, Elijah heard. Then, God spoke again, and asked the prophet the same question as before; Elijah replied with the same answer as before. We know Elijah heard, because our scripture tells us, “when he heard it.” We also can infer Elijah was now listening, because no other words were exchanged other than further instructions from God to Elijah concerning what he was to do next. He was to appoint a new king of Syria, a new King for Israel, and finally his own successor in the ministry, Elisha. How ordinary! It almost seems anticlimactic that after all the ruckus that God showed up in a quiet whisper, and Elijah listened.

That’s clearly the point of this. God has certainly spoken in dramatic ways. He at times spoke through whirlwinds and earthquakes; He displayed His presence through pillars of flame and cloud. Yet, He certainly is not restricted to dramatic ways of speaking. Elijah had learned this lesson during his time by the brook being fed by a raven, and during his time with the widow woman; that lesson was that God is in the daily and the ordinary; maybe Elijah needed that lesson after all of the drama and excitement he had been part of. God is not just in the big and dramatic; He is in the normal and mundane as well. I think Elijah needed a reminder of the presence of God in the daily, normal and mundane.

Again, this is something anybody doing a work for God could bear in mind. We may be called to do something huge like contending with the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel; if He does, He will be with us then. On the other hand, we may not be called to anything big (in our minds,) at all. We may be called to a simple life of being a good Christian. Friends, He is with us then also. If we are waiting for God to appear in the grandiose, we may not hear the still small voice; we may actually miss the “big” calling….because we are too busy looking for it!

Follow Me-A Prophet Gets Held Back

Numbers 20:8-12 

Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Today’s thought on men and women who were called by God and something of note about their service came about from a quick devotional I was called to do last night with our young people. They were studying the birth and call of Moses. The subject of young people and making life-altering bad choices came up in the fellowship hall, and as I scrambled to put together a devotional at the last minute, this all came rushing to mind.

So, really this is not about the calling of Moses at all; that has been written about extensively by folks way smarter than me. This is about choices and bad consequences.

Moses was called and is a quite spectacular way. God laid an intricate plan at the birth of Moses to free His people from bondage. Moses gave 80 years of dedicated service to His God. We really can’t over blow the important of Moses in the Biblical narrative. Moses screwed up, though.

Again, the people were grumbling. They always grumbled, right? This time it was over water. So, God instructed Moses to gather them, speak to the rock, and they would get water. Well, no doubt Moses was pretty irritated after decades of complaining, and maybe just a tad ticked off. Maybe he wanted to just show out a little bit, and be the big man prophet. So, Moses HIT the rock.  Bad plan. The Hebrews got their water, but Moses lost out.

Friends, decisions matter. It simply doesn’t matter who we are, or what we have done for the Lord. We can find a lifetime of work undone in a moment by a rash, impulsive decision. We can see a future life trashed by a rash, impulsive decision.

Think. Don’t be rash. If God has said: do it this way, then do it that way.

Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 12

1 Kings 19

“And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 1 Kings 19:9-10

I don’t want to be too hard on poor Elijah here; after all, he is among the greatest prophets in the history of Israel. He was important enough that he didn’t even die like the rest of us; he was carried to heaven on a flaming chariot! So, Elijah is quite a big deal. We have sort of talked about whether Elijah’s trip to Mt Horeb was God-approved or not; as we read through this passage I think I find myself fairly firmly in the “not God approved or commanded,” camp on this. When God asks Elijah, “What are you doing here?” I can almost hear, “Elijah, why are you here on this mountain instead of continuing on with the mission I had given you?” Elijah’s response is what really seals my thought on the matter. Not to sound flip, but his response sounded a bit like, “But, what about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, God?”

We ought to not be shocked by this, or too judgmental about it either; when you are king of the hill, so to speak, it is important to remember that everybody not on top desperately wants to unseat you from your place. Not only should we cut Elijah a bit of slack, but we ought to understand that, in the right circumstance, that could be any one of us.

Standing strong for God can be tiring. Elijah had done exactly as told for a few years, and when things reached their climax no one could deny that the prophet had come through grandly. Undoubtedly, Elijah was simply tired. Elijah may have simply been shocked that suddenly, after all this time of God seemingly taking care of every need, that out of the blue this woman Jezebel wanted to kill him. Maybe that was a shock to the prophet.

All of that notwithstanding, it does seem Elijah did something that we should all be careful of; he seemed to have become quite fixated on himself. Not to be overly harsh, but maybe Elijah got a bit full of just how he fit into God’s plan. He was quick to remind God of all that he had done, and just as quick to remind God about the failure of others. He even seemed to think he was the sole remaining faithful person in God’s service.

Friends, serving our Lord can be a lonely place, especially if one takes a position that is not popular. It is not unusual for those doing brave service for God to feel isolated and even abandoned. God is going to teach Elijah a lesson, and it’s a lesson for all of us to use. Stay tuned.

Follow Me-A Prophet Stays in His Lane

Isaiah 40:3-5 

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Not only was John the Baptist called by God, but God prophesied his calling through the Prophet Isaiah some 700 hundred years before he appeared on the scene.

John’s entire life was of serious note. There had not been a prophet in Israel for some 400 years since Malachi; God had seemingly been silent for all of the time. Then John the Baptist burst on the scene.

Even John’s birth was notable, as he was born to a couple far beyond childbearing years, Zechariah and Elizabeth. The birth of John the Baptist was special to our Lord:

Luke 1:15-17  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

John the Baptist was a rock star, so to speak. He preached in the desert, famously living on locusts and wild honey, garbed in his camel hair raiment. He attracted crowds, he had disciples, and He even baptized the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. John was in the big time, and in God’s plan was a VERY important man.

Yet John, as our title says, stayed in his lane. Some may have thought John the Baptist was actually the Messiah. Despite fame and followers, John knew his place and what his mission was.

Before he was even born, he knew his Lord when he saw him. As the pregnant Mary is greeted by the pregnant Elizabeth, her cousin, we see this:

Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

As an adult, John knew who he was, and who he was not

John 3:28  Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

Matthew 3:13-15  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

John 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

John the Baptist knew that his role in the Kingdom was not about him and that it was about Jesus. Despite his notability and his own fame, he never stepped out of his bounds; he stayed in his lane. Ultimately, he gave his very life, literally leaving the picture as our Lord rose in prominence.

Friends, we need to remember that also. Today, famous preachers and personalities are a dime a dozen, and many seem to be pretty full of themselves. Sometimes Jesus seems to be completely missing from the word they speak. But, we can also fall into that same trap. Some teach, some sing, some preach and others do things that tend to thrust them into the limelight. Even bloggers can fall into the same trap.

John never forgot what his place was, and we need to remember that ourselves.

Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 11

1 Kings 19:9

 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

1 Kings 19:13

And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Here we are, after 40 days, at Mt Sinai(Horeb.) Elijah ran from the evil Jezebel, hid under a tree, was provided for by God and made the trek from Beersheba to Horeb. He finally arrives, finds a cave to hide in and lodges there. God speaks and asks the prophet, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” First, we must remember, God doesn’t ask things because He needs to know; He already knows. God knew the motivation of Elijah’s heart better than the man himself knew it. There must be another reason God asked this question.

Last time we talked we had some discussion about whether this trip was God’s plan, or whether Elijah was just doing his own thing. This passage makes me lean strongly in the direction of Elijah doing his own thing with this little side trip. It seems the very question might imply that what Elijah was doing was not actually what God wanted him to be doing. If that is true, it makes what transpires between God and Elijah even more amazing; it should also serve as a great encouragement to us all. We will see later that there were many others standing by in the wings to carry on with God’s work; one of those was the mighty Elisha. Again, God could have just left Elijah to wallow in his self-pity, or even just dealt with him directly. He did not.

So, back to the question regarding the question. God knew exactly what Elijah was up to, so why did He ask what Elijah was up to? Friends, God desires our communication with Him. We don’t have to tell Him what we seek; He already knows. We don’t have to tell Him our concerns and fears; He already knows. We don’t have to tell Him our needs; He knows what is best for us far better than we do.

We will see later that God had a lesson to teach Elijah on that mountain. I can’t help but think that part of the lesson was helping Elijah come to an understanding of his own self. In other words, God helped the prophet come to grips with his own motivation and concerns, then clearly addressed them. Maybe if Elijah had never articulated his concerns, they would have simply gone unanswered. How many time might our own concerns go unanswered simply because we never articulated them to our Heavenly Father?

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