Sequestration. Yes, it is the hot topic in Washington. But when I first heard the word, I did not think of budgets – I was taught that a person who “sequesters” oneself is a person who hides from others. And when I think of a person who hides himself from others, I think of Elijah (1 Kings 19). This guy was a loyal servant of God who felt like the world was out to get him – sound familiar? The evil Queen Jezebel hated him and, after Elijah defeated Jezebel’s prophets in a “duel”, a death sentence was pronounced. I can only imagine what Elijah was thinking – “God, I do your bidding and this is what I get?”. So Elijah ran away, both from Jezebel and from God. While he escaped Jezebel, he didn’t escape God. In fact, after giving Elijah his space, God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper. God convinced Elijah to return to Israel, and Elijah became one of the greatest prophets of all time.
I am convinced that Elijah had to endure these hard times to shape his character for what was to come. Maybe I should change my prayers to God from “change my circumstance” to “change me”.
Associate Pastor Emeritus, Greg Zehner