Have you ever had your faith tested? In 1 Kings 19:9 we read, “Elijah came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” In the 2 Kings 2, God tests Elisha by asking him to stay put on three separate occasions while Elijah was to go on.
What happens if we fail our test and find ourselves in a place where we should not be like Elijah did? What will happen? Will God give me a second chance? Will God still love me? What if I fail again?
Perhaps you are asking yourself these questions. Maybe you have failed and feel hopeless. Then be assured, when you fail, the Lord calls you to the cross. He wants you to simply ask for forgiveness.
Each day we live, we sin, and in many ways, we fail. We try to cover it up thinking it is not all that bad. But the next day we fail again and the Lord convicts us of our sin again and again until we find ourselves at the foot of the cross. Failing is humbling. When I repent of my sins, the Lord lifts me up and sets me on a new path. It is because the grace of God that we are lifted up when we fail. I am a sinner in need of salvation. It wouldn’t be enough for God just to show me a better way to live. To set things right, God must both save and rearrange my life. Christ’s death and resurrection makes this reality.
To hear more of Elijah’s story, click here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-elijah-and-elisha/the-passing-of-the-mantel
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Ki 19:9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.