Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Jesus is God’s Gentle Breeze…
“Go out and stand on the mountain,” the Lord replied. “I want you to see me when I pass by.” All at once, a strong wind shook the mountain and shattered the rocks. But the Lord was not in the wind. Next, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. Finally, there was a gentle breeze…” (1 Kings 19:11–12, CEV, emphasis mine)
Elijah was at one of lowest points in his life. He’d been on the mountaintop of victory and suddenly in a matter of days he “crashed and burned” in the valley of defeat. Yet in spite of his dilemma God had other plans which did not include remaining where he was. The LORD was not in the wind, earthquake, or fire… “Finally, there was a gentle breeze…” God first got Elijah’s attention making his presence known then God talked with Elijah.
I want us to stop and consider “Finally, there was a gentle breeze…” not as a gentle movement of air but as a movement of God in our lives. Hundreds of years later in Isaiah God went in greater detail about his movement in our lives. “Here is my servant! I have made him strong. He is my chosen one; I am pleased with him. I have given him my Spirit, and he will bring justice to the nations. He won’t shout or yell or call out in the streets. He won’t break off a bent reed or put out a dying flame…” (Isaiah 42:1–3, CEV, emphasis mine)
Today we know “my servant” as Jesus. There is “one thread” running through Jesus’ story as recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Jesus is always at the right place at the right time touching people with the gentleness of a loving Father. The day will come when Isaiah’s words, “He won’t shout or yell or call out in the streets. He won’t break off a bent reed or put out a dying flame,” will no longer apply to Jesus but until then we need to continue putting our trust and faith in them.
“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10, NLT) What “crash and burn” scenario is God using to get your attention?
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
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