Always...Never...

So my kids are guilty of using the words always and never...frequently! "I always have to empty the dishwasher." "He never has to go to bed." "She always leaves her mess on my floor." But I would never exaggerate like my kids of course...except when it's really true. I love that the Bible was written so very long ago, and yet fits and applies to my life in 2014. David says this in Psalm 12, "Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception." David is using those lonely phrases that aren't to be used. To me David sounds like Elijah when he tells the Lord, "I am the only one (prophet) left, and they are trying to kill me too." Do you ever feel like you are the only one on a quest for God? Maybe you feel alone in your passions. Sometimes it's hard to see the big picture when we are discouraged. God tells Elijah to go back and finish what he had given him to do. God informs him that there are 7,000 in Israel who are still faithful to Him. I wonder how Elijah responded. Elijah was at a place, a dark scene, where he only saw his agenda, and it was overwhelming.

Sunday we had the opportunity to be at another church. It's encouraging to me to participate in worshipping with others who are on the journey for Christ, and they have triumphs, trials, and tragedy too. We aren't alone! When you feel like Elijah or David, pray for someone else. Ask God to encourage them to not give up.

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