Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Journey with the Risen Christ
When the enemy presses near in our lives, we may feel as discouraged and hopeless as Elijah did. In his time of crisis, the Lord sent a messenger of His own to Elijah. Now this angelic messenger was unlike the messenger we read about earlier in the chapter. The angelic messenger came to provide physical and spiritual nourishment to Elijah. Here, we are reminded of God’s watchful gaze. He is well aware of the needs of His children. Can we recall a time when we were in need and God sent a timely reminder to us? Perhaps it was a family member who called or sent us a text message. Or maybe it was a friend who invited us to get food together. Time and time again, God sends His peace that surpasses all understanding into the lives of those who trust in Him. Not only is this evidenced in Scripture, but also, in our own daily lives.
In this spiritual season of journeying with the risen Christ, let us take a moment to examine Elijah as he hit a wall of uncertainty. He laid out his heart before the Lord. God heard the prayers of his afflicted soldier, and He met him exactly where he was: in the wilderness. The same principle applies with Jesus Christ. When the force of our burdens seemingly crush us, Jesus invites us to come to Him. One of the most comforting promises to hold onto is that He will give us rest when we draw near unto Him.
Heavenly Father, we come to you as our shield and rampart. You have promised to journey alongside us and not to abandon us as orphans. We place our complete trust in You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Thought for the day:
“No weapon that’s fashioned against us shall stand. The battle belongs to the Lord”.
– John Michael Talbot
Epiphany Mar Thoma Church