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God In Nature Forces

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

1 Kings 19:9-19 KJV
(9) And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
(10) And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
(11) And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
(12) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
(13) And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
(14) And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
(15) And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
(16) And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
(17) And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
(18) Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
(19) So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

Something to note when reading this passage is to compare it to Moses seeing the burning bush and angel of the Lord speaking to Moses. God was not the fire that lit the bush, but the voice inside the burning bush. God stood in the mist of burning bush by His Spirit and spoke to Moses. Proof perhaps is more clear when the voice of God comes to Elijah after the wind, the earthquake and the fire. God commands nature forces, but he is not in them. God is not in the things He creates but the Spirit that goes forth within the things He creates. What I mean is the human flesh Of Jesus was flesh, but the Spirit within was God. There is only one Spirit of God and that is the Holy Spirit. God is able to enable his Spirit to be anywhere at anytime, to command to move anything in his path. Elijah found his fear of being the only one left in the world that was believer was short lived, when God spoke in a small still voice to him and then told him to go anoint a particular king and prophet. The prophet would be the next prophet after Elijah.

Godís call does not come from man, but by His Spirit. Man would like to take credit for making a person a prophet or a teacher. Yet God is the one that choose who will speak for him. Some people reject who God calls. This is normal, after all Jesus was rejected, but proven to be the Son of God of who He claimed to be. His flesh passing away but the Spirit raising up the body of flesh changing it into incorruptible flesh.

Some people find God through sitting in quiet surrounds of the world He created. Perhaps in the quietness, they hear God more clearly in their spirit, or more freely willing to listen to God. The storms in life come and go but Godís Spirit is not the storm, but He is present by His Spirit. Elijah found himself in fear of the whirlwind, the earthquake and the fire, yet these things did not seek Elijah life, but was close enough to take his life. Yet it was Godís still small voice that He heard and knew if it was God seeking his life he would be dead. God has the power to bring the storms overhead and even allow you to walk through it, but the storms might be commanded by God but are not God. The fiery furnace in the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was not God but God was in the furnace as the fourth man being thought to be like the Son of God. Story is in Daniel. Godís is presence in our storms but God himself is not the storm, but he has power over the storm. In the fiery furnace story Godís people did not burn up, yet by all nature and human reasoning they should of died, because even some of the kingís soldiers died from the heat.

My mother in law reminds me Godís arms were around me in my wreck. I happen to agree, Godís power was there, despite my storm. It is Godís small voice that speaks to our hearts, but God might not speak within the storm. God might be using the storm to test our faith, for our knowledge, but God already knows. God knows how we will react yet we do not. God knows the very nature of mankind and us individually. Elijah need to runaway and hide out of fear, only proves Elijah was human. Yet God showed Elijah if he wanted him dead he would dead. Our fear of adventure and living should never be, if we trust in God, for what will happen will happen, yet God is not going to allow harm until our day of our death. Illness will take some of us. Hardship, wrecks and storms will take a few more of us. Yet how we go is in Godís plan. When Elijah finally departs from the earth he goes in a flaming chariot pulled by fiery horses toward heaven. A real live Cinderella story Elijah the believer going toward Godís kingdom in a chariot.

Our fears in this life can only be shorten by the hand of God. It is like being afraid to walk in the woods because of snakes and other wild creatures. You might never see something that could harm you, or you might see those wild creatures and go a running. Depending on what you see it might be better to freeze in place and other times it be better to climb a tree, or perhaps run up a hill or down a hill depending on if it is a bear or a wild cat. However if riding in a plane scares you, remember nothing going to take you out of this world but God and yet it might be that pilotís day to die, but not yours, for many have survived even an airplane crash. Yet the point is this, why worry about what you cannot change only take the precautions of the type of harm that can come from certain actions. God never said one would not loose a limb in a storm, only that he take you through it, and God never said someone would not be burnt, if one went into a house fire, yet God protect his people in the fiery furnace. Why God allows some to die and others to live will be mystery till we reach heaven. Step out your door today knowing a hailstorm may come, but your protection and shield is from the Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reminder of your power over the storms and defy scientific logic. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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