Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3: 16 (NKJV)
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
In 1994 Northern Ireland Christian worship leader, Robin Mark, was moved to write the song “Days of Elijah” after watching a television program reviewing the events of that year.
The show recapped a year which included the Rwandan war tragedies and genocide of over one million lives, while the world stood by. It also was the beginning of the cease-fire in Ireland, and of so many other things going on in the world that Mark wondered where God was.
Did God even care.
Mark claims to have then been guided by the Holy Spirit to reclaim his belief that God was there, cared and assured him that all will be well.
But he was also reminded, that in times like those God was looking for people of integrity to stand with Him, to follow Him, and be all He called them to be in those difficult days.
He referred to them as “Days of Elijah,” recalling the troubles and condemnation the prophet, Elijah, went through as he stood time and again for God against the evil all around.
Days of great trial, of suffering, uncertainty, darkness and conflict.
Days we can all connect with today—personally and beyond.
Yet the call is the same for us in these days, as it was then.
Days of Elijah, then and now. But days to heed the call of God in our lives to stand with integrity with Him.
Days where we turn to, and stand with, the only answer—God.
Remembering God’s ultimate mark of love for each of us— “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Remembering that one day Christ will return to claim those who have accepted Him—those who have confessed Him with their mouth and believed in their hearts that Christ is risen, as we celebrated again a few weeks ago.
Days of Elijah. Days of great trial, suffering, uncertainty, darkness and conflict.
But also, days of hope—the hope of Christ we are called to share with others for the assurance of their place in eternity with Him.
Remembering that in those days, and in these days, and in those yet to come—Christ is always the only answer.
What will we do with Him?
Stand with Him. Always.
Amen and Amen!
In His Name–Scott
Enjoy Robin Mark’s song “Days of Elijah”—