June 27

1 Kings 19:13b,14,18 (NIV) 13bThen a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."

18"Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him."

God asked Elijah what he was doing on Horeb. Of course, God knew the answer, but Elijah needed to express it. I think this is a common tool that God uses to make us aware of our sense of reality. So what is your doing, reader? Take a moment to think how you would respond to your Maker if He were to ask you that right now.

Elijah told God how zealous he had been for God and how alone he felt because of it. He told how he was fleeing again for his life. God had news for Elijah. He told him to anoint the coming kings and his own successor. That was a vision for the near future and motivation to get back to work. Then God had a correction to make to Elijah's pity party. He was not alone. There were 7000 people who had not worshipped Baal.

At times we get discouraged and think we are the only ones that are serious about God. Individuals and churches can feel that way, but there are always others that love God. He always keeps a remnant for Himself. They may not look and act like you do, but God has kept their hearts, and they are not going the way of the world.

Consider: Do you feel like you are all alone, like your work is done and you haven't been successful? Don't worry or fear. God is at work. He has more for you to do. He has a disciple waiting for instruction. He has thousands that love Him more than the world. The work is not up to you. It is up to God.

June 27

John 14:5-7 (NIV) 5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

Jesus told His disciples of His imminent departure and that they would know the way to Him. Thomas asked how they could possibly know the way when they didn't even know where He was going. Jesus had just said He was going to the Father. How many times does the Lord speak something to us, yet we don't comprehend it?

Jesus answered with a triple "I AM" statement. "I am the way and the truth and the life." Jesus is the way to the Father. The way is not mapped out, nor is it a series of do's and don'ts. The way is a Person. Unless you go through this Person, Jesus, you can never come to the Father. Anyone that ever lived that came to the Father came through Jesus, whether they knew His name or not. From Abraham to doubting Thomas to Billy Graham, each had only one way to access the Father, through Jesus Christ. It is the same for us.

He is truth. His life and words are truth, yes, but truth is a person. The word of truth became flesh. You cannot possess real truth without Jesus. He is life. Without Him there is no life. Those who would downplay Jesus' role and importance must disregard this verse as the words of an egomaniac. Either He is God or one of the most demented men to ever live.

Then Jesus makes it very plain. If you want to get to God, realize that knowing me is knowing God. If you've seen me then you have seen God. This was an explanation of Himself as the way. Jesus is the visible manifestation of the invisible God. Seeing Him is the only way to see God.

Consider: Is He the way and the truth and the life to you?