DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL MAY 21, 2019
TOPIC: LESSON THROUGH DESPAIR
TEXT: 1 KINGS 19:9-21.
KEY VERSE: “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 19:9).
DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL
It is called “depression” – a feeling of hopelessness, despondency and apathy; a psychological state that hardly discriminates. It happens to cowards as well as to the brave. Indeed, history is replete with accounts of very courageous man who, in thier privacy succumbed to depression and discouragement.
It is quite instructive that Elijah, the great prophet of God, also had this experience. In the text, we find him seek lodging in a cave out of despondency. In this case, he was “very jealous for the LORD God of hosts”, whose covenant the children of Israel had forsaken. He felt threatened and lonely in the path of righteousness and hid himself. But the Lord visited him right there. That encounter holds so much lessons for us.
That God asked Elijah, ‘What doest thou here?’ indicates that the self-appointed retreat was a unnecessary. It however shows that Elijah was really a man subject to like passions as we are and not super human. We learnt from his ministry, how God can use the weak vessels like us to achieve supernatural acts. But God chose to deal with Elijah on the mountain not in the cave. God’s speech to Elijah was preceded by strong wind, earthquake and fire. These elements were awe-inspiring, but the Lord was in none of them. Instead, He spoke to Elijah in a still small voice. We must be careful to heed God’s voice.
God did not only direct Elisha as to how to tackle the apostasy of Israel, but also assured him that contrary to his assumption, there were seven thousand people in Israel who had not bowed down to Baal. Never feel that you are the only righteous one around. God certainly has other undefiled people. Also observe in the appointment of Elisha how prompt and consecrated we ought to be in response to God’s demand on us.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY When discouragement sets in, listen well for God’s still small voice.
COVER TO COVER 1 SAMUEL 1-2.
Not only a God of fire, He speaks in gentle still voice
1. Misconceptions about the God of Elijah
a. The manifestations of God is not only through fire or visible miracles vv11,12.
b. Great miracles are not necessarily confirmation of the presence of God or the affirmation of the ministers standing before God vv11,12.
c. Noise and so called loud worship are not necessarily synonymous with the presence of God vv11,12.
2. “Still small voice”
a. God put more importance to hearing and listening to His instructive teaching or “still small voice” vv12,13.
b. The “still small voice” was all that the prophet of fire needed to navigate through his remaining life challenges and not the fire vv15-17.
c. It is the voice that delivered him from life threatening challenges and destructive ignorance vv14,18.
d. It is that voice of God that gave him purpose and guidance for the remaining part of his ministry.
3. What to do when fire fails
Take time to hear and listen to His “gentle still small voice” regularly.
Learn how to quiet in order to hear when He speaks.
NEVER GIVE UP
1. Never be sad or desponding,
If thou hast faith to believe;
Grace, for the duties before thee,
Ask of thy God and receive.
Never give up, never give up,
Never give up to thy sorrows,
Jesus will bid them depart;
Trust in the Lord, trust in the Lord,
Sing when your trials are greatest,
Trust in the Lord and take heart.
2. What if thy burdens oppress thee;
What though thy life may be drear;
Look on the side that is brightest,
Pray, and thy path will be clear.
3. Never be sad or desponding,
There is a morrow for thee;
Soon thou shalt dwell in its brightness,
There with the Lord thou shalt be.
4. Never be sad or desponding,
Lean on the arm of thy Lord;
Dwell in the depths of His mercy,
Thou shalt receive thy reward.
1. Lord, give me the still small voice that I need to navigate through my challenges victoriously.
2. Lord, give me a quiet spirit and listening ear that is sensitive to your voice.
3. Let the truth of your word always cancel all forms of ignorance from my life.
4. Lord, treat all forms of itching ears of your children and open them to your word.
DAILY MANNA DCLM BY PASTOR W F KUMUYI
Impossible Is Not God