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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
So far this winter here in Lancaster County, we have not had a snowy winter scene such as this one from 12 years ago today. In fact as we end January we have not had a significant covering snow! Today I resume making chaplaincy visits with several companies in Lebanon County. (Brooksyne's note: And I get my chauffeur back so I can watch the landscape and snap photos to post for our many readers who enjoy viewing our rural locality.)
"Not The Only One Left!"
Message summary: Today we encourage you to resist yet another sorry excuse many use to justify disobedience to God. You are not alone in standing up for God and doing right.
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"I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your covenant, broken down Your altars, and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too" (1 Kings 19:14). "Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him" (1 Kings 19:18). "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord" (Romans 12:11).
About 20 years ago we were in a meeting with the president and vice president of a large company giving a chaplain's report. It's a company many of our readers would be familiar with due to their ice cream sold all over the country. At the conclusion we asked how we could pray for them. Without hesitation the president requested that we ask the Lord to help his company leadership to find other businesses of integrity in which they could work with. Then, in a sense of concession to current conditions, he asked for wisdom in dealing with companies that lack integrity. This is an example of the great challenge in living out our lives here in a fallen world.
One of the most sinister traps advanced by our ancient enemy in excusing, tolerating and practicing wickedness is the lie that "everybody's doing it". This excuse is abundantly used to justify all manner of wickedness. "Nobody's faithful to their marriage vows anymore." "Everybody steals from their employer." "Everybody cheats on tests." Etc. Etc.
A parallel to this is the sense we might have in that we are the only ones seeking to do right. Although we know this isn't true we can sometimes feel that way! That's how Elijah felt in our daily text.
Elijah was one of God's faithful servants during a time of great apostasy. He felt he was all alone in his standing up for God as he cried out, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your altars, and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too" (1 Kings 19:14).
Certainly there's no denying that the Israelites had rejected God's covenant, that altars had been desecrated, prophets killed, and Elijah's life was threatened. But the middle clause, "I am the only one left", was simply not true. A few verses later God informed Elijah that he had a reserve of seven thousand who had not bowed to the pagan deity Baal. "Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him" (1 Kings 19:18).
Today there are many, like Elijah, still choosing to live their lives to please and honor God. There are many marriages where husband and wife are solemnly keeping the sacred covenant. There are many parents who are diligent in raising their children to do right. And, yes, there are honest, hardworking employees and kind, fair employers. There are faithful ministers of the gospel who are taking seriously their vows of ordination. There are those in government who truly live as public servants!
Today we encourage you to resist yet another sorry excuse many use to justify disobedience to God. You are not alone in standing up for God and doing right. In the book of Romans the apostle Paul refers to this experience by Elijah and concludes with this phrase, "So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace" (Romans 11:5). Here we are living some 2,000 years later and that's still true!
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen and Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, in the murky and irresponsible world I live in, would You be my vision. As I meditate upon You and Your statutes would You be my all-consuming light. When the patterns and ways of this world conflict with Your will for my life, may they be dimmed by the light of Your Word exposing them. May I always be drawn to the spiritual light that comes from You and be repulsed by the sinister darkness that comes from Satan. I thank You for the strength and courage that comes from knowing there are many, many others who've chosen to follow You and choose not to bow down to the gods of this world. We choose to follow You, and You alone! May our lives reflect that decision daily. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"I Have Decided To Follow Jesus" Video
"Steadfast" Video Sandra McCracken David, a reader from Arizona suggested this song after reading yesterday's message
Last Friday we shared a message about the ChatGPT artificial intelligence program that's been in the news a lot. Monday I read an article about the program writing worship songs which piqued my curiosity so I set up an account. You can make a request and it practically instantly complies.
I requested "Write a devotional on God's faithfulness" and it wrote this:
God's faithfulness is something that we can count on and rely on no matter what. His faithfulness is everlasting, and His promises are sure. He will always be with us, through the good times and the bad.
Psalm 36:5 says, “Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” God’s faithfulness is so great that it surpasses anything we could ever imagine. No matter what we are going through, we can always trust that God will be faithful to us and provide for us.
In times of trouble and uncertainty, it is important to remember that God is faithful. He will never leave us, and He will always be there to guide us and provide for us. Even when we feel like everything is crumbling around us, we can take comfort in the fact that God is still there and He will never fail us.
We can also take comfort in the fact that God has plans for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you.
Brooksyne requested: "Write a prayer on comfort from God" and this came forth:
We come before you in need of comfort and solace. We are struggling with difficult emotions and a heavy heart. We are weighed down with grief and sadness and can’t seem to find our way out.
We ask that you provide us with the comfort and peace we need to get through this difficult time. We ask that you wrap your loving arms around us and give us the strength to face the future.
Help us to find hope and joy in the midst of our pain. Guide our steps and be our light in the darkness. Give us a peace that surpasses all understanding and a hope that never fails.
We thank you for your presence and love, and ask that you continue to bring us comfort and peace. Amen.
Wow! How will this turn out?
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