Greetings from Pastor James
Just because we have some setbacks doesn’t mean we have failed. Just because things didn’t go like we wanted doesn’t mean our serving the Lord is over or that He has left us. Only God sees and knows the whole picture.
When we take our eyes off the Savior and see from the world’s point of view we will see failure and disappointment. When we try to make our own path it will not lead us in the right direction. We will quickly become discouraged.
Read I Kings 19:1-18
Elijah had given up, but God had not given up on Elijah. Elijah had took part in some mighty and powerful demonstrations of God’s power. But now things were not going as Elijah thought they should be.
The United States has accomplished great things. The United states has helped many nations around the world for the sake of humanity and equal rights. Many have achieved their goals in life because of the freedom to work hard and provide for their families. We as a people and a nation have been a part of the blessings of God.
But now we are in a time of strife and division amongst ourselves. We worked hard to preserve our religious freedom and provide good moral education for our children. But now we don’t get the results we want. Every aspect of what is good and righteous is under attack by an enemy embedded in the fabric of our nation. The condition of the spirit of love and trust in our nation has gone from bad to worse. The enemy is deep within our nation. We as Elijah are getting to the point where we feel like giving up.
When the U.S. Supreme Court took prayer, Bible reading, and the Ten Commandments out of our schools, it effectively eradicated the influence of faith from public education, and children began to be indoctrinated into secularism, political liberalism, and sexual confusion. We fear for the future of our children. A pandemic has ruined and brought many people’s ways of livelihood to a halt. Some feel trapped and at the mercy of our government.
Some have conceded to the demands of the evil. Some churches have closed. Some have suspended all events except an hour of worship service on Sunday, which is also on YouTube or FaceBook. And there are many that have online services only. Many have become "Elijah in the cave"; afraid of the force of evil that has swept across our nation. We have been slowed down or paralyzed by the struggles we face.
In the text for Sunday, Elijah sat back withdrawn and paralyzed by fear. Just as many today, he had given up. But he expected God to come in a mighty powerful way. He looked for God in a grand act of great proportion. But he did not find Him. God came to Elijah in the silence. He came in a gentle whisper. Elijah heard the Lord and was restored.
God gave Elijah hope and purpose. And He will you if you listen in the silence. As Elijah you think because of the strife in our nation and the effects of the virus on our society that you have not accomplished anything and you feel alone. Elijah thought he was a failure and alone. But God assured Elijah there were 7,000 of integrity and faith that had not succumbed to evil. It showed Elijah that his ministry had not been in vain and that God’s Word does not return void no matter how things may look to us.
In times of the greatest immorality and turning away, God has always had, and will have, a remnant of those faithful to Him. There are people that keep their integrity and will always be committed and faithful. God assured Elijah and assures us today that our nation will not be totally destroyed and there will always be those who will carry on the work of the Lord.
Come worship at Living Water Christian Church. Come out of your cave of despair. God will come to you in your desert of doubt. He will feed you with His Words of hope and instructions. He will restore what the evil has taken away.
Listen closely. He is whispering your name. Be still and listen and you will know it is God speaking to you.
Blessings to all,
Pastor James Boyette
Living Water Christian Church
72 N Lake Ave.
Front Royal VA. 22630 lwccsv.org