Devotions

Discouragement

1 Kings 19:4-5 (ESV) – But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 

Yesterday the people of Kansas voted to keep what the Kansas Supreme Court said in 2019 about our 1859 Kansas Constitution. The court said that there was an unalienable right to abortion in our constitution. The eyes of the nation were on Kansas and Kansas voted with the abortion industry. 

For the past year Debbie and I have focused much of our time and energy to informing the Church in Kansas about this amendment. Our goal was to have about 370,000 “yes” votes. We came very close, but it didn’t matter. The pro-abortion industry led an effective campaign of half-truths and mobilized over 540,000 to vote “no.” Kansas remains an abortion haven for surrounding states.

I feel discouraged. What am I to do now? The opposition had their way. Innocent human lives will be aborted in Kansas in growing numbers.

The story in the above verses is about the prophet Elijah. He just had an amazing victory against the 450 false prophets on top of Mount Carmel. But the queen had put an assassination order on Elijah. Elijah was tired and running for his life. He was discouraged.

God’s interaction with Elijah demonstrates love. He had Elijah sleep and eat. For forty days Elijah had a routine. Then God spoke, and Elijah was able to listen. Elijah learned that he was not alone. There were others, to include his successor Elisha, who were also with God.

I need to take care of my body. I need to sleep. I need to eat. I need my routine. I also realize that I am not alone. But I also realize that God continues to give me a message to share with others. Truth matters. Regardless of outcomes, God is on His throne. He is sovereign. What happened in Kansas yesterday was no surprise to God. I can move forward with confidence to continue to lovingly share His truth.

Prayer: Lord God, even when I am discouraged, I know that You love me. Thank you for the stories in Your word. They encourage me. May I now move forward, one day at a time, to follow you and share Your good news.

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