Letting Go

Lent Devos

BREATHE – Day 7, February 23, 2021 – 40 Day Lenten Journey

Today spend some time in the study of 1 Kings 18 and 19.

Elijah witnesses the work of his Lord over the prophets of Baal and sees firsthand the power of the God he serves. However, when he hears the threats of Jezebel he flees into the desert wilderness, afraid. When we are afraid we are unable to think clearly and rationally. Fear draws us away from the very one that gives us breath and life. Remember Adam and Eve after their disobedience, they hid, afraid. God asks the question, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Fear isolates and separates and is a playground for the enemy to wreak havoc in our lives.

If God could rain down on the prophets of Baal then He could certainly protect Elijah from the relentless threats of Jezebel. However, in Elijah’s fear and exhaustion he fled. I love how the Lord sends angels to tend to Elijah in his weakness and fear; however, the heart of our Lord comes in His question to Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I wonder what that question means to us today as we walk out our Lenten journey? Each of us come into this wilderness season carrying heavy bags and wearing dirty rags as a residual of the year or years we’ve walked through. We walk into this season wanting to release the burdens and bags that are exhausting to pick up and carry each and every day. We walk into this season wanting to shed the dirty rags that we know we have outgrown; however, they are what we know and therefore comfortable to wear. But in this 40 Day Journey as we fast, pray, serve, repent, and seek our Lord, we are reminded of this very powerful question, “What are you doing here?”

May that question the Lord God asked Elijah be the question from your Lord to you today. May “What are you doing here?” begin a dialogue between you and your Lord that moves you out of hiding into HIs glorious light. May the still small voice, the very whisper of the breath of God, breathe into your weary and fearful spirit today! #breathe #lentenjourney #stillsmallvoice #whyareyouhere

“And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn 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.”

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9-1