Friday, November 21, 2014
Most days, I get the idea for my topics when the Lord reminds me of something I saw, heard, or read previously. Today is not one of those days and it seems that my brain started out on vacation before the rest of me did. Entertainers, painters, athletes and many folks in certain professions don’t function well without inspiration. Oh, they’ll go through the motions because it is their livelihood but there are days when it is obvious to all that they just don’t have it. Apparently it also happens to small-scale writers of blogs and when you finish reading today’s meditation you may see what I mean.
Anyway, my present state did remind me of the biblical account in 2 Kings, Chapter 3 concerning the prophet Elisha. He was visited one day by Joram, the king of Israel’s Northern kingdom at the time, accompanied by Jehoshaphat the king of Judah. They wanted to hear the Word from the Lord about their impending battle with the Moabites. Let it be known that Elisha was no fan of this son of Ahab and in fact when he saw king Joram, he immediately replied: “What do we have to do with each other? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”(verse 13) You see, Joram, like his parents, was an idolater and had never trusted or followed Israel’s true God before. Perhaps it was because of his disdain for the king of Isarael, but Elisha could not prophecy when asked to do so and, because of it, called for a harpist to play something for him. It was only after the music soothed his spirit that the prophet could give them the Word of the Lord. In other words, he too needed the inspiration.
If you want to do something special for God, it will require some inspiration on your part as well, and the best place to find it is by seeking Him. As I wrote yesterday, the Lord is loving and kind. He is a God of mercy. He was gracious enough to remind me of Elisha’s story which permitted me to at least offer you something when I really had nothing to give. In fact, if you need other things besides inspiration, you can call on Him and be assured that He will answer. Besides that, He is always with us, even on the days when we just don’t have it.
Memory verse for the week: (Luke 6:46) Jesus said: "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say."
Note: My wife and I will be joining some members of our immediate family for a week’s vacation in Florida. If I get the opportunity I may write a blog or two this coming week, but if I don’t you’ll know the reason why.