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Thursday, September 13, 2012

OUT OF THE CAVE UNTO THE MOUNTAIN

Serving God, serving each other as the Bible asks us to do is certainly a rewarding venture.  Most of us when we became a Christian we were so enthusiastic, we try as much as possible not to forsake the assembling; at Church, Bible Study, prayer meetings, caring for the sick and shut-ins, feed the homeless and take care of the less fortunate, be a part of the choir, or praise and worship team, read the word, meditate and find peace with our God and ourselves.  As we progress and grow in God, it seems like out of nowhere we become disillusioned with our Christianity.

This can happen because we did not prioritized, because we got too involved with too many things and so we become tired and emotionally drained, or may be somebody got jealous of your growth and decided to become unkind by saying some not so nice things about you, and it caused you to become withdrawn and find yourself as it were in a cave. You are not alone and you are not been the first.

As I thought about this my thoughts went to Elijah. Elijah was a prophet of God, he lived by faith, he performed miracles yet he found himself in a place like that described above (See 1 Kings 17 - 19). In Chapter 19 Jezebel sent a message to Elijah that she was going to kill him, and the great man of God became afraid and hid himself in a cave ( Elijah was afraid and ran for his life ...1 Kings 19: 3a) He wanted to die ~~~~~~while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4. In verse 9 it became clear that Elijah could not take it any more he hid himself in a cave. Are you in a situation where you want to run away and hide? Are you feeling lonely, frustrated, afraid or depressed after all you have done for Christ?

God is still with you and after you, just like Elijah, God came searching for him and called him out, but Elijah in his defense pointed out how much he had done yet they are seeking to kill him. But God who never leave not forsake was there to tell Elijah to come out and go to the mountain as he was about to pass by.

The same God who called Elijah out of the Cave to the mountain is calling you because he is about to pass by with your blessings. Will you come out of the cave as God calls?

Prayer: Lord you see and you know every cave situation, but we ask that as you call for us to come out of the cave and to got to the mountain that we will hear and obey, in Jesus name I pray.
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