FRIDAY, JULY 29
10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.”
11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.
2 Kings 2:10-11 (NLT)
FACING UNCERTAINTY: TRUSTING UNTIL THE END
In the summer of 1993, the Atlanta Braves baseball team traded some of their minor league players for the All-Star first baseman of the San Diego Padres, Fred McGriff. He brought the Braves the firepower they needed to make a serious run for the pennant.
But what about the man McGriff replaced? Sid Bream, a believer in Christ, was the Braves regular first baseman. He had helped Atlanta get to the World Series in 1992, but with McGriff coming he was headed for the bench. “There’s no doubt something like this hurts your pride and your ego,” said Bream. “But the one thing I’m counting on is that there’s something better ahead.”
When we’ve done a job well for many years, it can be difficult to step aside for someone younger or better qualified. Elijah was in that kind of situation. His ministry was coming to an end. His attitude, however, revealed his trust in God. He said to Elisha, his successor, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” (2 Kings 2:9)
Maybe the time has come for you to give up a position you’ve held for a long while. It could be at work or even in a ministry at church. Ask God for the grace to accept His plan for you. And then step aside gracefully. –D C Egner
The life of Elijah has been a whirlwind of activity! From the time he stepped out of nowhere to confront the king of Israel, to his adventures of faith at the dry brook and the widow’s house, to his great victory on Mount Carmel and to his fall into and restoration from defeat and disuse. Now, that life is about to end! He will leave here like he lived here; in a whirlwind! What kind of legacy are you building to leave behind?
Thank God for directing the course of your life. Ask God to show you the type of legacy you are building and the type of legacy He would like for you to build.