Devotional for Saturday and Sunday February 17-18

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Graciousness”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “I have had enough! Lord, take my life, for I’m no better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Challenges make us humble, and humble people are gracious people.”

 

In some respects the scene recorded in 1 Kings 19:4 is sad. The great prophet Elijah was physically and emotionally exhausted and he was depressed. He was in hiding from Queen Jezebel, who was trying to have him killed, and he had given-up to the point that he wished he was dead. Considering what a powerful man of God Elijah was, and how much success he had in ministry, it’s difficult to see him in this condition now.

 

But on the other hand, it shows us that Elijah was human. It also shows that he didn’t think too highly of himself. As great as other people thought he was, Elijah knew he wasn’t really that different or any better than everyone else, “for I’m no better than my fathers.”

 

Trials, tribulations, and an occasional failure are actually good for us. They keep us humble. This is especially true when a person experiences a little more success than is probably good for them. In such cases it’s too easy to get a big head and to start thinking you’re really something special – the proverbial cat’s pajamas – too cool for school.

 

Challenges, trials, tribulations, and even some failures help to keep us grounded. We find the proof of this all throughout the Bible. Moses was too humble to believe he was qualified for the assignment God wanted to give him. Then, even once he had accepted the assignment and received empowerment from God, he continued to face difficulties he couldn’t handle and failures for which he was ashamed. Even after decades of successful leadership and ministry he was still the most humble man on the earth (Numbers 12:13).

 

We find similar stories in the lives of Joseph, Gideon, David, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, just to name a few. They were all great men of God who benefited from experiencing trials and tribulations and failures. Then of course there were others who needed to experience a big fall in order to get their heads on straight. I’m thinking of Samson, Jonah, and Peter, just to name three.

 

A little humble pie for dinner every once in a while is a good thing. It helps us to remember that we’re really no better than anyone else. Gracious people are humble people, and challenges help to keep us humble.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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