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November 9, 2021 7:00 pm
“So great to see you!” “You, too!” “So glad you’re here!” The greetings were warm and welcoming. Members of a ministry in Southern California gathered online before their evening program. As their speaker, calling in from Colorado, I watched silently as the others gathered on the video call—not knowing anyone and, as an introvert, feeling like a social outsider. Then suddenly, a screen opened and there was my pastor. Then another screen opened. A longtime church friend was joining the call, too. Seeing them, I no longer felt alone. God, it seemed, had sent support.
Elijah wasn’t alone either, despite feeling like “the only [prophet] left” after fleeing the wrath of Jezebel and Ahab (1 Kings 19:10). Journeying through desert wilderness for forty days and forty nights, Elijah hid in a cave on Mount Horeb. But God called him back into service, telling him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet” (vv. 15–16).
God then assured him, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him” (v. 18). As Elijah learned, while serving God we don’t serve alone. As God brings help, we’ll serve together.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled you're not alone was written by Patricia Raven so great to see you you to so glad you're here the greetings were warm and welcoming members of a ministry in Southern California gathered online before their evening program as their speaker calling in from Colorado.
I watched silently as the others gathered on the video call as an introvert and not knowing anyone. I felt like a social outsider. Then suddenly a screen opened and there was my pastor, then another screen opened a long time church friend was joining the call to seeing them.
I no longer felt alone. God, it seemed, had since support Elijah in first Kings chapter 19 wasn't alone either.
Despite feeling like the only prophet left after fleeing the wrath of Jezebel and Ahab journeying through desert wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights.
Elijah hid in a cave on Mount Horeb.
But God called him back into service telling them go back the way you came and go to the desert of Damascus when you get there annoyed because IL King over Erin also anoint Jay whose son MMC king over Israel and anoint Elisha, son of chiffon from Abel the whole to succeed you as prophet God that assured him yet. I reserve 7000 in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed down to bail and whose mouths have not kissed him. As Elijah learned while serving God.
We don't serve alone as God brings help will serve together today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from first Kings chapter 19 verses eight through 11 in verses 15 through 18.
So he got up and ate and drank strengthened by that food. He traveled 40 days and 40 nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
There he went into a cave and spent the night in the word of the Lord came to him. What are you doing here, Elijah. He replied I have 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 on the mountain in the presence of the Lord for the Lord is about to pass by the great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind after the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake now picking up in verse 15, the Lord said to him, go back the way you came and go to the desert of Damascus when you get there, annoyed, house IL King over Erin also anoint Jay who son MMC king over Israel and anoint Elisha, son of chiffon from Abel the hole to succeed you as prophet Jay who will put to death. Any who escaped the sword of house IL and Elisha will put to death.
Any who escaped the sword of Jay who yet, I reserve 7000 in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed down to bail and whose mouths have not kissed him.
Now let's pray heavenly father we need your presence in every situation.
We thank you that even when our surroundings are unfamiliar and the people are unfamiliar to us that you give us confidence and strength to serve wherever you place us. Thank you that you are always with us in Jesus name, amen. Thanks for listening Joyce Dinkins and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries