Today ends our series on the prophet Elijah:
Elijah was a great man of God. Like other prophets of his time God called him to speak the words He gave him, to hold Kings of Israel and God’s people in covenant relationship.
Because humanity is inherently sinful we are always tempted to worship other things apart from God. For Israel it was worship of Canaanite gods like Baal and Asherah. These worship practises all had an element of violence or degradation to them, like child sacrifice, prostitution, and self-harm.
Because God is unchanging we know that Christ is still prophesying to us today. “Stay close to me. Listen to my words in the Gospels. Be guided by them. Trust Me that I will lead you into goodness and love. Stay away from things that rob you of your peace, joy, self-respect, and self-worth. Love Me, love yourself, love others.”
Christ’s prophetic word to us must ring in our ears every day, overriding the constant chatter of Satan’s words that try to take us down. We need God’s love in our life. To help us stay strong in the Lord and to learn to know, receive, and give his love, our next series is on “The Love of Christ” from Mark’s Gospel.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them,” 1 John 4:16.