Perspective 1- Kelsey Rath

While reading chapter 15 in the Story something that jumped out at me was on page 203. The start of the chapter.

Later, the Lord said to Elijah, “Leave and go across the Jordan River so you can hide near Cherith Creek. You can drink water from the creek, and eat the food I’ve told the ravens to bring you.” Elijah obeyed the Lord and went to live near Cherith Creek. Ravens brought him bread and meat twice a day, and he drank water from the creek. (This is worded differently because this part I got from the NIV Bible. It’s the same meaning though.)

I think doing all that takes a lot of trust. Don’t you? Ok, so God is asking Elijah to leave his home, family, and all his things. Then to go east of the Jordan. He has to drink water from a creek or brook. And finally he has to eat the food ravens provide him with. I don’t know about you, but for me that would be tough! It takes trust to do all of those things. Elijah had that trust. Do you have that kind of trust? The trust to go along with God and know whatever he asks you to do, he’s with you?

Perspective 2- Pastor Ron

Would you ever consider letting a call from God go to voice mail instead of picking up?  Yet, that is what was happening with many of the Kings of both the Northern and Southern Kingdom.  God sent prophets to speak his word to them and most of the time they were too busy to listen or worse flat our rejected God’s prophets.  Even when God showed up in dramatic fashion, for instance when he consumed the sacrifice, wood, stone and water when Elijah prayed to him.  You would think this would bring the King to his knees.  Nope, the only one he kneeled to was his evil wife Jezebel.

God sent prophet after prophet and usually with a pretty stern word of rebuke.  The words at time can even seem harsh, but they were true.  God spoke those words with just one purpose – to bring his people back into a relationship with him.

Now as much as I would like to think I would not let God go to voice mail if he called, I wonder.  When I really want something, even if I know it is wrong, I think it is easy to ignore God’s call.   It is easy to convince ourselves that God wasn’t talking directly to this situation or if He knew the circumstances He would think it was okay.   You do realize that He still has only one purpose in mind.  He is calling us back into a relationship with him.

What’s that I hear?  God is calling.  Will you pick up or let it go to voice mail?

Perspective 3- Barb Miles 

Again and again God gives us opportunities to listen, to follow, to learn.  In this chapter  and others we have read in The Story, we have seen people repeatedly fall in and out of faithfulness to God.  Two more prophets Elijah and Elisha tried to witness their faithfulness in God but had successful stories and unsuccessful stories.

Is our Lower Story like this too?  Do we live in and out of our faithfulness of trusting God.  Just because we have just begun a new year doesn’t mean it is time to decide to spend more time in the Word and with God. I have felt so good about reading the Word during these weeks of reading The Story.  It is becoming a habit without a New Year’s resolution.  It gives me peace.

Perspective 4- Dan Petrak