RHYTHM: Getting Well – 1 Kings 19

Lectionary for youth ministry 1 Kings 19Proper 7: 1 Kings 19:1-15a

Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-15a

Getting Well

She may have been evil and all, but you’ve got to admit it: Jezebel had style. Upon learning of the genuinely horrific end of the 500 prophets of Baal at the command of Elijah, she doesn’t bat an eye. “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Like a boss.

And really, if we’re counting evils, she was just threatening to kill one dude. I don’t think it’s good to take the death toll at the hands of God’s people lightly. But I’m not headed down that road today. I’m just thinking about not burning out. Elijah has had his foot to the floor for quite a while. Consider the stress of his work. Deliver bad news, often. And here, have your very life threatened. It’s too much for Elijah; he’s ready to hang it up. “Take me now, God,” he says. “Sorry I wasn’t enough.”

Immediately an angel provides food and water, indicating that he’s poorly equipped for the journey ahead—if that wasn’t obvious already. Tucked away on Horeb, he finally encounters God. Not in the bluster of the wind. Not in the thunder of the earthquake. Not even in the roar of the fire. After all of that, God is revealed in the stillness of a whisper.

Can you get quiet enough to hear the voice of God?

For reflection:

How do you find rest in your week? Do you schedule intentional downtime?

How does God speak to you?

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