April 12

11Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  12After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  13When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  (1 Kings 19:11-13)

In the midst of learning about the kings of Judah and Israel and how quickly one king can lose favor with God by not doing what is “right in the eyes of the Lord,” we are introduced to one of Judaism’s greatest prophets:  Elijah.  Here is the one that the Jewish in Jesus’ time said Jesus was “Elijah” returned (Matthew 16:14).  So you should have read this last week as we are powering through four books for the month of April.  Elijah’s part in the history of God’s story is brief but powerful, and the verses above are my personal favorite from the book of 1 Kings.  And, of course, no one can explain what these verses mean better than Pastor Steven Furtick, which Tauren Wells used as a great introduction to his hit song, “Close.” Click the image below to hear.

While I am on the topic of music, there have been a ton of great new tracks dropped in the last two weeks.  From the newest offering of Christian Rap’s greatest, NF; to an amazingly fun and upbeat live album from PlanetBoom; but the one that really stirred my soul comes from Pastor Furtick’s church, Elevation Worship.  Since we are talking about being close to God, here is a beautiful melody about how to not just get close to God, but how to talk to His Son. Click below, watch, listen, and have that conversation.

Reading plan:  John 9

Deeper reading plan:  2 Kings 10, 11, 12, 13

Prayer focus:  Pray that people all over the world begin to talk to Jesus in 2021, and talk to Him the rest of their life.

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