Prayer: O God, let your Word guide us in service to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God in the everyday
12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
God does not always appear with loud crashing thunder or lightning or even crashing surf. He does not always come with fanfare or even earthquakes and hurricane force winds.
In today’s text Elijah was hiding from the Queen Jezebel. He was hiding in a cave in the mountains because she was out to kill him. God had sent rain to cure the drought in Israel and told Elijah to come out of his cave so they could talk. As he waits for God to appear, there are earthquakes and high winds and wild fires, but then there was “sheer silence” and God was finally there.
Our devotion writer tells us about Lawrence, deacon and martyr. He was one of the seven deacons of the church in Rome. He was in charge of the finances of the church and it was not a very “flashy” job. But nevertheless, he was martyred in 258. He was considered by many as a hero because he rescued the church finances and considered the poor as the treasures of the church. His ministry was otherwise quite mundane.
Many of the churches jobs are not flashy and acclaimed. Most are seemingly of little importance, but they are important. Our devotion writer proclaims; “Lawrence’s ministry and Elijah’s ‘sheer silence’ remind us that God isn’t always in the flashy things. God is in the ordinary.”
Prayer: “God of our every day, give me eyes to see you in the mundane miracles of and ordinary Thursday. I Pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
1 Kings 19:9-18
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
9 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
Elijah Meets God at Horeb
11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces 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 sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 17 Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”