Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Relationships are complicated...


Relationships are complicated...
Whether with a spouse, or girlfriend/boyfriend, children,neighbors, co-workers, friends.
Relationships are complicated...

Here is an inside look at one man's relationship with God almighty...

8 "So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai,[g] the mountain of God. 9 There he came to a cave, where he spent the night."


(God does quite a build up to talk to Elijah. Couldn't He just have had a friendly chat back home???)

"But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

(What do you mean, what am I doing here? You sent me here - with no food for 40 days and 40 nights. I am in the middle of the desert - all alone. THAT is what I am doing here...)

10 "Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

(Elijah understood the question was much bigger than location. So he pours out his heart. He is pouting. Discouraged. Frustrated. Confused...)

11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

(Same question. Same answer)

14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

(God doesn't reprimand him. Doesn't contradict him. Doesn't condone his pouting, or throw it in his face. He lays out a path for Elijah.)

15 "Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. 16 Then anoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet. 17 Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha! 18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

(Elijah - I am not done with you. I am not done with the poeple of Israel. Your life has value. Has meaning. Get up and grow into the full purpose I have for you.I am not saying it will be easy. But I am with you...)

Relationships are complicated...

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