THURSDAY: 14th June, 2018
Reference text:1 Kings 18:41-46
1 Kings 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
Among the main reasons for leaving one’s job for another are the prospects of a higher salary, more opportunities for vertical growth and job satisfaction. However, the presence of variety is also one variable that is often ignored. Though sorely lacking, many wish their jobs would offer some variety- however minimal, so that at least between any two days, there are differences. But this is absent in many roles which can become somewhat frustrating.
But then you could say it couldn’t get any more repetitive than it did for Elijah’s servant as he was sent on the same errand seven consecutive times. That was a bigger hustle, yet there were no signs of a rebellion or frustration, like Peter who almost lost it when he was asked three times by Jesus if he loved him.
The actions of this servant gives us a good example of seeing things through, protecting our integrity and not seeking the easiest way out; until the word of God is fulfilled. This servant could have claimed expertise after the third trip and very easily have come up with literally anything to say to Elijah’s after making the same trip multiple times, but he relayed exactly what he saw each time he went to survey.
What some people did not enjoy about their childhood, especially when they were the last of a number of children, was the running of errands. Hence, even as adults, regardless of our fields of endeavour ; we are often tempted to give generic positive responses to questions that would otherwise mean extra work for us. We would rather provide any answer, than go out and find the correct answer.
My dear, the process of receiving confirmation to God’s word and promise may sometimes seem long- winded and in our eyes even ‘tedious’, but let’s not chicken out and stop walking with him until we see and receive the confirmation of his word and even beyond.
Remember # Stay with God and enjoy the process.