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“May you and I do what is right in God’s eyes.” <>< Dona (05/18/20)

Please read I Kings 15 through 17.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In I Kings 15 Asa became king of Judah. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Asa did what was right in Your eyes, just as his father David had done (verse 11). 

Something to think about

Though Asa didn’t remove the high places, his heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life according to verse 14. Asa probably learned from the past, from the experiences and lives of others.  He didn’t want to repeat their mistakes.  

Something to experience

Are there people in your past that have influenced your life?  Today remind yourself of those who have been positive influences.  Recall what they’ve done for you.  And then find someone you can positively influence.

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In I Kings 17 Elijah, a prophet, told Ahab, the king of Israel, there would be no rain for a few years (verse 1). Ahab was a Baal-worshipping king. In verse 2 Elijah was told by the Lord where to go and what to do to get food for himself.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Ahab must have been surprised at what Elijah said.

Something to think about

Ahab might have had a strong military but it would be of no help against a drought.

Something to experience

With rebellion and pagan worship in the land, God responded with a physical drought.  The people were in a spiritual drought already. 

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In I Kings 7-16 Elijah was sent by God to a widow who would supply Elijah with food.  When he met her she said she only had enough ingredients for one last meal.    

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the widow trusted you to provide bread for many days from just a handful of flour and a little oil.

Something to think about

The Lord told Elijah and Elijah told the widow the little bit of flour and oil would not be used up until the day the Lord gave rain on the land. So Elijah, the widow and her son all had food and for a number of days. 

Something to experience

God can help us too.  God can provide for us in ways that go beyond our own expectations.  No matter how bad our trials are or how hopeless our situation seems, we should look to God for help.  Every miracle begins with an act of obedience.  We may not see the solution until we take the first step of faith.  Keep your eyes and heart open to God.  He will come through for you.

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In I Kings 17:17-24 Some time later the widow’s son became ill.  He grew worse and worse and finally stopped breathing. 

Something to think about

The widow sought Elijah out. Elijah prayed and the boy’s life returned to him and he lived.

Something to experience

Even when God has done a miracle in our life, life goes on.  And there will be other trials, as there was in this story.   We need to depend on God as we face each new trial.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we who are living through a drought, whether economically, physically, mentally, or spiritually will recognize our need for You (Jeremiah 17:8 AMP).  I pray we will have learned from our past how to overcome our difficulties through feasting at Your table, Your Word – the Bible (I John 5:1 AMP).  I pray we will remember those who have helped us along our path in life.  And apply what we’ve learned. If we are having problems with overcoming a season of drought, I pray we will find someone who can come along side us and remind us of Your provisions and pray with us (Proverbs 11:25 AMP; I Timothy 2:10 AMP).  I pray we will come to You and ask for help to get through whatever our difficulty is. I pray we will obey Your Word.  I pray we will learn to depend on You as we face each new day (Psalm 7:10 AMP; John 3:21 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I learn to depend on God as we face each new day.” <>< Dona