A devotion on 1 Kings 19:10
He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of Armies; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
–1 Kings 19:10
In today’s verse, the prophet Elijah is whining to God about being the only one left in the land that honors the Lord.
Though God definitely had special jobs for Elijah to do and while He certainly recognized Elijah’s faithfulness, He let the prophet know that he wasn’t alone; he wasn’t the only faithful person left.
Do you ever feel like Elijah? Do you feel like you’re the only person in your office who knows Jesus? The only mom in the playgroup who makes church a priority for your family? The only guy on the team who doesn’t go out drinking after the game?
You’re not alone!
You have brothers, sisters, friends around you. And when you build close relationships with them, you will find more strength and courage.
Also, the God who spoke with Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:11-18) — the still, small voice of reason — is there with you now. He is talking to you, saying, “Don’t be afraid, but speak and don’t be silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city.”
When God asks you to do something, He has already provided you everything you need: courage, faith, love, strength, wisdom, and His personal divine support.
Dear God, Please make me bold for You. When I feel that I am alone, please remind me of Your power and connect me with more of Your followers. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
How does God respond to me when I cry out to Him in loneliness and frustration?