Daily Devotions: August 7, 2017

1 Kings 19:9-10

“At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?’” vs. 9

Elijah was running for his life. He had been called as a prophet of the Lord and had served as diligently as he possibly could, even using force and violence to destroy the prophets of Baal and tear down their altars. But his enemies were not converted; in fact, they had become more diligent in their efforts to fight for their cause and eliminate Elijah. In response, Elijah had given up! Not only was he fleeing his foes, he was also trying to hide from the Lord. Far to the south he had found refuge in a cave…and wouldn’t you know it, the Lord found him! In that moment Elijah learned a basic truth. We can’t hide from God! We can flee to the ends of the earth and God will be there. As Paul said to the Romans, “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God…” And that’s good news–for us as well as Elijah! Even when we’ve gone far astray and completely lost touch with our mission, even when we’ve violated our promises and commitments repeatedly, God simply doesn’t give up on us. Like Francis Thompson’s “Hound of Heaven,” God pursues us until we can’t run anymore and then enfolds us with arms of love and healing.

Thought for the Day: Where have I tried to hide from God?

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