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Don’s Daily Devotions

Join us as we read the scriptures and a daily devotion written by Don Crisp. We pray these messages will bless us all at this time.

Tues 28th July – 1 Kings 18:39-41

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Tues 28th July  –   Read 1 Kings 18:39-41

V39: At such a revelation of God’s power, the people who have been “sitting on the fence” back in v21, now fall on their faces before the Lord they have disobeyed, and cry out that He is indeed the ( only ) true and living God.

V40: Elijah now commands the false prophets to be seized and put to death. Such OT verses may make us uneasy in our very different age and culture, but what we see here is a Holy ruthlessness to see sin and defiance of God for what it is, and to deal with it completely. Surely, we need something of this Holy ruthlessness today, above all in recognising and dealing with sin – first, our own sin before a Holy God. Too often we tolerate what we should abominate and deal with – see Christ’s own words in Matthew 5:29-30.

V41: Now Elijah turns to Ahab – who it seems has stayed silent ( and as we later learn, sadly unmoved ) through all that has taken place, and tells him to ( go home? ) and eat and drink, for “there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” The next verses make clear that as yet there is no sound, no visible sign of coming rain, but Elijah speaks in confident faith – let Ahab be ready for what God will surely do in the mercy He has promised. Do we have such assurance in God’s unchanging plan and purposes?