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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Lord, Don't You Care?

Last night I had the blessed privilege of teaching our monthly ladies' Bible study. The title of the lesson was, "Lord, don't you care?" How easy it is to ask that question at a time when we are overwhelmed by our circumstances.

When you consider the prophet Elijah, you see in I Kings 19 that as soon as he had experienced victory over the prophets of Baal, Jezebel made a threat on his life. After blessing comes battle! Now instead of trusting God, he had a

1.  Distracted Heart - A wrong focus made him run for his life! All he could see was Jezebel. He no longer saw his omnipotent God who had just sent fire from heaven. Martha in Luke 10 was distracted by her sister, Mary. I wonder - did Martha even hear Jesus and the disciples come in her home? Or was she so busy clanging her pots that she never heard his knock, the shuffle of their feet, their call of “Hellooooo?” What is distracting you from hearing Christ’s voice? He wants to speak to us each day, but we allow the distractions that the enemy sends to muffle the sound of His voice.

2.  Discouraged Heart - Wrong thinking made Elijah want to die. "What good am I anyway? Just take my life, God!" Elijah was thinking wrong thoughts. He was basically asking the question that Martha asked Jesus, "Lord, don't you care?" Yes! God cared. We read in I Kings 18:46 that "the hand of the Lord was on Elijah." Where God puts a period, let no man put a question mark. "Your hand is on me, Lord?" Elijah was thinking. "Then why is this woman chasing me?"

We do the same thing when we read, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." "You love me, Lord?" we ask. "Then why is this happening in my life?" We become discouraged when we don't think right. Discouragement feeds off isolation. Elijah left his servant and went on alone into the wilderness. It is our inclination to isolate ourselves when we need fellowship the most. Many people will attend church and church functions less when they really need it more! God proved His love for us when He sent Christ to die for us. Romans 5:8 We really don't need more proof, but because God deals with us and draws us with lovingkindness, He shows us His love through many means. The Lord may be using this simple devotional to remind you that He hasn't forsaken you, and that He does love you!

Now Elijah falls into the last trap of the devil, that of a

3. Doubting Heart - Wrong beliefs made him doubt Truth. Elijah told God what He was thinking - "I'm the only one left!" Martha told the Lord what was on her heart too, "I am left alone to serve!" As we bow in prayer, we should tell the Lord what we're thinking, so He can tell us the truth about our situation. The Lord told Elijah there were 7,000 that hadn't bowed the knee to Baal. Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the better part. God asked Elijah in I Kings 19:9 "What are you doing here, Elijah?" The Lord asks us that too when we are doubting. "Why are you here? Why are you not believing the Truth? Are you believing that what you're doing doesn't count? That your children will never turn to the Lord? That God isn't hearing your prayers? How did you get here? God hears the prayer of the righteous. He is not willing that any should perish! It is God that works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. That is the truth! We must stick around long enough to hear God answer us. Don't bail out too soon!

Focus on the Lord.  Be encouraged.  Believe the truth!

Later this week I will post pictures of the demonstrations that made up the second half of our time together.  There were so many creative ideas...wait 'til you see!

With love,


Christina said...

Thank you for posting about the ladies study! I really appreciate being able to still "participate" even though I wasn't there. Can't wait to see what else you did!

Michelle said...

This exact passage was preached at HP on Sunday! Great Message that the Lord works and loves us no matter what.

Denise said...

Christina, we missed you. Glad this enables you to keep informed!

Michelle, I learned so much while studying this passing during the past month. Elijah and I have more in common than I'd imagined! =)