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Let it be known this day

‘Let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.’

 1 Kings Chapter 18 Verse 36

If ever my soul needed a 'pick me up,' or a 'word in season' then it is a today. My soul has been in my boots for the last couple of weeks, and I do not know why! It is not a position I enjoy being in. I have done much soul searching trying to find an answer.

What I need is implied in these words: 'Let it be known this day!' It needs to be known to my soul!  It is urgent, Lord. Speak clearly to my needy soul today, Lord. Speak peace where now there is confusion. What wilt Thou have me to do? I need Thee more today than ever I did.

I feel that I'm in darkness.  Have I angered God in some way? Am I sinning and not repenting? Have I taken the wrong turn? What is it that I have I done wrong? Is this just 'feelings' getting in the way of faith? Am I once again living by sight? I fear the answers to these last two questions!!

This morning I read the story of Joseph, of his dream, of his father's love, of the coat of many colours, of his brother's hatred and jealousy and of him being sold and taken to Egypt. I love the story of Joseph because no matter when I read it, it gives me hope!

I also read a couple of chapters about Elijah in the first book of Kings. I was again encouraged by what I read and the way in which God answered the cries of His servant.

Though I am not calling for fire to come down from heaven, yet I am very much wanting to know the affection of my Heavenly Father in my own soul today! I am wanting to know it in a way that will banish every doubt and fear from my soul. Lord, I ask thee, 'let it be known this day.'
Had chapter 19 been omitted we would probably think of Elijah as the ultimate Christian. I love his defiance and his stand against the false prophets. The courage and confidence he shows encourages me. He had no doubt whatsoever that God was going to set the records straight once and for all.

Having called upon his God, the answer comes by fire, but not an ordinary fire - a miraculous one. Everything about this display of God's power and sovereignty was miraculous. Barrels of water were found in the middle of a great drought. The fire consumed the sacrifice from the top down - not like any fires that we have witnessed.

Even the water in the trenches was consumed. Water that no doubt would have put out normal fires was lapped up in a miraculous way. God had answered Elijah's request to the letter! Having witnessed such an event and having shamed his enemies, we would think that this would make Elijah even bolder in his service of the King. The Lord however had not finished answering Elijah's prayers.

'Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.' The ending of the drought was a further confirmation to Elijah that His God was with him. What happens next would be impossible for us to believe unless we thought of Elijah as something more than an ordinary man. But he was ordinary!

The threat from Jezebel was enough to knock the stuffing out of Elijah. We all have our weaknesses, and Elijah was no different. When thoughts of our weaknesses overwhelm us, then we too wonder what the point is of going on.
Life is a daily battle!

Recently, so many good, young Christian men and brothers have been taken from our midst. I could not help but question why young, fit and able men have been taken and others - not so fit or able - are left! My heart aches for the young widows and the fatherless children. May God Himself be their comfort and shield.

And yet here I am! I therefore want more than ever to make the most of the time I have left. I am ashamed when I realize that yet another day has passed and the good that I would have done, I did not! It gets me down when I consider the distance between myself and my Lord.
It is a horrible feeling to see ourselves as worthless creatures. But there is hardly a day passing for me now when I do not see myself as such. The inevitable sigh comes forth, 'what is the point of going on?'  That kind of thinking can be very destructive.

Away with it!

God regards me as precious in His sight! I dare not argue with Him. It is written in His Word, and His Word is Truth. I may be nothing more than a beggar, but God can use this beggar for His own glory. Though I am but an empty vessel may I be filled with and by Him this day! As a beggar, my cry today is, 'Let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.' What I pray for myself, I pray also for my friends.

Author : Iain Mackenzie  Edited by : Pastor Al Moak