This week we finished our study with Priscilla Shirer, Elijah: Faith and Fire. We have enjoyed learning much about ourselves studying Elijah, but so much more about the God we serve and how He works.
Here are just some of the things we learned:
- He cares for us.
- He provides for us.
- We are called to hard work.
- We are called to rest.
- We are called to pray.
- It is okay to ask questions.
- Be intentional. Be bold.
- Do not fear.
- Do what you said you would.
- We need reminding of the hard work and perseverance of the saints who have gone before.
- Everything does not hinge on our human frailty or works.
- There is work to be done. Don’t give up.
- God’s movement in our lives is not always the same. “Less-flashy work is no less God’s work.”
She reminds us:
“…as you walk forward in your journey with the Lord, remember that His presence is not always characterized as something that thrills us—an emotional reaction that startles us; a big, bold event that awakens us; a flashy circumstance that wows us; or an eye-opening occurrence that surprises us. Just because it’s extraordinary—just because it’s cut from the earthquake, hurricane, or wildfire variety—doesn’t automatically mean it’s Him at work. Just because it’s hyper doesn’t mean it’s holy. This misconception will inevitably blind us to the occasions when His authentic activity is in the ‘sound of a gentle blowing.’”Elijah: Faith and Fire, Priscilla Shirer, p. 212
Let us wait in anticipation for both—the hurricane and the gentle blowing. May the Lord grant in us the discernment to hear His voice as we do the work we are called to do.