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December 25, 2020 7:00 pm
While on a red-eye flight to Washington, DC, opinion writer Arthur Brooks overheard an elderly woman whisper to her husband, “It’s not true that no one needs you anymore.” The man murmured something about wishing he were dead, and his wife replied, “Oh, stop saying that.” When the flight ended, Brooks turned around and immediately recognized the man. He was a world-famous hero. Other passengers shook his hand, and the pilot thanked him for the courage he displayed decades ago. How had this giant sunk into despair?
Elijah bravely and single-handedly defeated 450 prophets of Baal. That was the problem. He hadn’t really done it alone; God was there all along! But later, feeling all alone, he asked God to take his life.
God lifted Elijah’s spirits by bringing him into His presence and giving him new people to serve. He must go and “anoint Hazael king over Aram,” Jehu “king over Israel,” and Elisha “to succeed you as prophet” (1 Kings 19:15–16). Invigorated with renewed purpose, Elijah found and mentored his successor.
Your great victories may lie in the rearview mirror. You may feel your life has peaked, or that it never did. No matter. Look around. The battles may seem smaller, the stakes less profound, but there are still others who need you. Serve them well for Jesus’ sake, and it will count. They are your purpose—the reason you’re still here.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled who needs me, was written by Mike Witmer while in a redeye flight to Washington DC opinion writer Arthur Brooks overheard an elderly woman whispered to her husband. It's not true that no one needs you anymore. The man murmured something about wishing he were dead and his wife replied, oh, stop saying that when the flight ended, Brooks turned around and immediately recognized the man. He was a world-famous hero.
Other passengers shook his hand and the pilot thanked him for the courage he displayed decades ago out of this giant sunk into despair. The prophet Elijah bravely and single-handedly defeated 450 prophets of bail so we thought. Yet he hadn't really done it alone. God was there all along, but later feeling all alone. He asked God to take his life.
God lifted Elijah's spirits by bringing him into his presence and giving him new people to serve God said in first Kings 19 that Elijah must go and anoint hazy, O king over arrow J who king over Israel and Elisha to succeed you was profit invigorated with renewed purpose. Elijah found in men toward his successor. Your great victories may lie in the rearview mirror.
You may feel your life is peaked or that it never did. No matter look around the battles may seem smaller stakes less profound. But there are still others who need you serve them well for Jesus sake will count their your purpose.
The reason you're still here. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from first Kings chapter 19 verses nine through 1215 through 18, and the word of the Lord came to him.
What are you doing here, Elijah replied, I've been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty, the Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars and put your profits to death with the sword. I am the only one left and now they are trying to kill me to the Lord said go out and stand in 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 shatter the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind after the wind there was an earthquake with the Lord was not in the earthquake after the earthquake came afire with the Lord was not in the fire and after the fire came a gentle whisper and now verses 15 through 18 the Lord said to him, go back the way you came and go to the desert of Damascus when you get there. Anoint hazy, O king over arrow also anoint Jay Huson of Dempsey king over Israel and anoint Elijah son of Shay fat from a Velma hole are to succeed. He was profit J who will put to death. Any who escaped the sort of hazy.
And Elisha will put to death. Any who escaped the sort of J yet I reserve 7000 in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed down to bail, whose mouths have not kissed him. Let's pray father God, thank you for reminding us that we are always useful to you whether we are accomplishing big things just seemingly small tasks.
Nothing goes unnoticed by you. And nothing is insignificant. Give us new opportunities to be used by you. Help us to be completely satisfied and you thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries