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Elijah, My Hero

From Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Who is your favorite Bible hero? There are so many men and women that seem larger than life. We think their faith must have been much greater than ours. We think they must have been given special powers and special favor, but the truth is, we can all be a hero for God's cause.

I am studying the prophet Elijah with my friend Mo. She and I have been studying together for a few months now. She used to come to my house when my husband was so sick; but now that he is resting in Jesus, I go to her house every Friday after work. It is such a blessing. If you are not actively meeting with a friend, or friends, to study, I would strongly encourage it. Not only am I learning more, but I am developing a stronger friendship with a sister in Christ.

I always thought of Elijah as having special favor with God; and perhaps he did, but that is not my point. I am learning that Elijah was just an ordinary man and through the course of his life, he learned he could trust God. He learned to listen to God. He learned to act, when God spoke.

From my study Faith and Fire: Elijah..."the great prophet Elijah failed and flailed and needed God the same way we fail and flail and need God ourselves. Even after watching God's fire fall from heaven on Mount Carmel, and then actively participating in bringing his enemies to a fitting end, Elijah crashed into an abyss of exhaustion and fatigue. And fear. And paranoia. He ran. He was done...None of the biblical heroes were intended to be an exception; they are all meant to be examples to us of what happens when an ordinary life intersects with an extraordinary God."

I love this.

Perhaps you can relate. I know I can. Looking back on my life and even today I can see how God is working with little ol' me. I am no one special. I have limited education; I was living in the world; my sins were many and my faith was small, but Jesus saw something in me worth saving. He saw something in me worth working on.

Jeremiah 31:3 KJV “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

He died for our sins! Let's live daily to honor that sacrifice. Let His love envelop you and then pass on the love He has given to you.

Have a wonderful day! And remember: Keep looking up! Jesus is coming soon!

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