THE CHILL OF THE MORNING AIR sent a gentle shiver down my spine as I crawled out of my tent. In the distance I heard the call of a loon welcoming the dawn of another day. An orange hue painted the eastern sky, making the wispy fog over the lake dance like fire. I followed... Continue Reading →
“And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him” (1 Kings 19:21, ESV). On occasion we set our minds to... Continue Reading →
There was a restlessness in the crowd. In-between the awkward taunts and jeers the only sounds that could be heard were the labored attempts of the three men to draw a breath. The weight of their bodies pulling them down forced the air from their lungs as they hung by their arms. They were, in... Continue Reading →
“And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, ‘Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.’ And he said to him, ‘Go back again, for what have I done to you’” (1 Kings 19:20, ESV)? Elijah lived a fairly solitary life. Elisha had a home and family.... Continue Reading →
That he didn’t understand what had happened to him immediately is clear because he had to run to catch up with Elijah. That he did understand, finally, is clear because he ran to catch up with Elijah.
I think our 21st-Century mindset is resistant to the call of God for that very reason. Who doesn't like comfort? Who really wants to give up a comfortable life for the unknown?
Even in his doubt and fear, God whispered His love to him. And he was able to discern God’s voice. Good news for us; there’s always hope!
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11, ESV emphases mine).
”Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid" (Proverbs 12:1, ESV) Catchy title, huh? It’s meant to be rhetorical, but comment away if you must! My first two years of University were spent at a large, and well-known, “party school.” I had become serious about my faith a couple of years earlier,... Continue Reading →
"For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life" (Proverbs 6:23, ESV). Many Christians see the Law as outdated, that it has outlived its usefulness. Before Jesus it was God’s tool to teach His people that they are sinful and could never live up... Continue Reading →