If I could give a title of my current situation, it would be this.
Instability is the Goliath that stands before me. There I look upon it and tremble with crippling fear: “How can I over come such a gargantuan beast” I mutter. Flood gates of doubt open within my mind, drowning me with fears of the future. I’m choking… I cannot breath… The lights dim as my eyelids slowly shut.
Words mutter from somewhere, “even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me.” I open my eyes to see that I am still facing my opponent, but the situation has changed. No longer I fear this Goliath for my God is with me. This crippling fear has no power to prevent me from conquering my foe before me. God will give me the strength to triumph over my enemy. Praise be to the Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
After looking into the life of Elijah, and reading commentaries about the life that Elijah had, he confidently knew his identity in God. Within the few verses of chapter 17 in 1 Kings, Elijah makes some breath taking statements that reveals his allegiance to the one Holy and True God. The first statement is “as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives”. This declaration reveals that Elijah will be obedient to his God to the end, or else he will face death. Now that is extreme as it is, but what makes this declaration even more profound is Elijah’s current situation. Most of Israel worship idols for years and years. King after king causes God’s people to fall deeper into this sin of idolatry. Surrounded by people who undergo this sin, and making this life-risking oath is unbelievable. However, it testifies Elijah’s confidence in God of who he is in the LORD’s eyes.
This is one thing I need to wrestle with, my identity in Christ. Elijah knew himself in God and he was able to be obedient and faithful until God calls him home. I desire to know confidently who I am in Jesus and allow my actions follow through from that identity. But this is something God has to reveal to me, like all of the things that has been revealed. Reading up on commentaries about Elijah has been a huge help, and will continue to help me. Hopefully, I can help others to know who they are in Jesus so that they may glorify God with their lives. As of now, I can only ask of him to reveal more of who He is and how that effects me.
Adventure Time #27
KaBOOM!’s Adventure Time #27 is out in the universe today. Ryan North wrote it, guest artist Jim Rugg drew it. Brittney Williams, Sabrina Scott, and Tom Hunter created the covers along with Chrystin Garland, whose cover D is above.
Head to your local comics emporium or order one online from BOOM!
The sun rises from the east and sets from the west. We operate according to schedules that dictate our lives as Earth orbits around the sun. Every week feels similar to the previous week as we attend to our assigned duties. We focus on what the next day, week, or month has in store, creating a tunnel vision that only encompasses our own lives. So, if any moment in time where someone or something disrupts the status quo, it will agitate us. We enjoy clockwork structures where we can anticipate every moment of our lives. Eventually, we may obtain an autopilot lifestyle where we can simply… pass by.
Is this all we are created for, to simply pass on by?