Contrast. Elijah on Mt. Carmel defeating the prophets of Baal with Elijah running from Jezebel. Elijah goes from man on fire to man on the run!! How quickly things change.

Have you ever been on a spiritual high, only to come crushing back to the low of spiritual warfare. I imagine Elijah was going through just such a moment. He had watched God soundly defeat the enemy, then just when he thinks true-God-worship will take hold, he runs head long into evil Jezebel who wants him dead.

It’s easy to say “Elijah, what were you thinking. God just sent fire from heaven, certainly he can help you now.” But cut Elijah some slack, because we are very likely to do the same thing. We see God do some amazing work, then in the next moment we meet resistance and we start questioning God. I know I’ve been there.

God gives Elijah just what he needs. Not a lecture, just a whisper. The encouragement that God is there in the big events, and in the little ones.

As you talk with your kids about this story, share a time that you’ve felt distant from God, and when he spoke to you in some small way. Maybe you were discouraged and then you were given a kind word of encouragement from a friend, or God reminded you of a passage from the Bible, or maybe it was just the still small voice reminding you that you are loved.

God bless you all. Have a great week.

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