Trust and Obey … by Katelyn Erickson

Today’s Passage – 1 Kings 15 – 17 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Mark 15 – 16Proverbs 22Psalms 106 – 110

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song –  Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Read the “0422 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

This song comes to mind as I read these first accounts of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 17: 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away;

Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.

Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.

What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;

Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

We see that after Elijah prophesied the famine to Ahab, God sends him to a special place, a particular person, and He answers a powerful prayer.

In vs. 1 – 7, God had prepared a place for His man to be well taken care of. He sent ravens to feed him and fresh water to drink. Elijah got all he that he could while he was there…he didn’t squander the opportunity God had given him. When the brook dried up, he didn’t just hang out there…he obeyed and trusted once again. 

In vs. 8-16, Elijah went to a particular person God had planned to use to take care of Elijah. Not someone who had plenty to share, but someone who would have to sacrifice and surrender. A woman who had no hope and needed the touch of God in her life. God wants to use people who will cooperate with Him, especially when what He is doing doesn’t seem to make sense.

In vs. 17-22 When the widow’s son became very sick, Elijah then cried out in powerful prayer to God to heal him. His prayer was not a request out of religious duty, but a genuine plea for help and mercy from the Lord.

The God of Elijah is still the very same God of today and when we find ourselves in our own seemingly hopeless situations, let’s be reminded of these simple truths in this passage….God loves us, provides for us, desires to use us, and He hears our prayers! We just have to trust and obey.

The Erickson Family – Phil Jr., Katelyn, Jaxon, Caleb, and Philip III

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That You May Know by Katelyn Erickson

Today’s Passage – Exodus 10 – 12 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Luke 1 – 2Proverbs 23Psalms 111 – 115)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Isaiah 40:31

Read the “0123 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from today’s passage in Exodus – “You’re Free To Go,” “Now Do I Have Your Attention,” and “What Can Wash Away My Sin?

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord. (Exodus 10:1 – 2)

From these first two verses of chapter 10, We can see the importance God places on sharing Him and His wondrous works with the next generations.

I’m burdened about the massive amount of children AND adults, who have never been taught the faith of these first believers. Some have been given the traditions of men, but most people today have never known what real faith is like to live out in real life. Moses and the children of Israel had front row seats to the most amazing miraculous works of Jehovah God, but we can rejoice in the fact that that same God has preserved His word down through the ages, and that there have been many men and women who have remained faithful to tell. 

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

Let’s realize that the holy, sovereign God of Moses is still the very same God that we serve today; and let’s purpose to tell our sons…and daughters, and grandchildren, and friends, and strangers that the Bible is the Living Word of God and that it applies completely and perfectly to each generation.” Today’s passage convicted my heart about making sure that I share these Bible accounts as the Truth, in love, rather than just a “once upon a time..” bedtime story.

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5

Phil Jr., Katelyn, Jaxon, Caleb, and Philip III

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