24th July 2019

“No One Like You; None Like You”?

“He [Elijah] 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.’”
1 Kings 19:14 (NIV)

Have you ever felt alone as a Christian? I know I have. With reports of dwindling church attendance, aging congregations and overstretched resources, churchgoers can surely relate to Elijah’s discouragement as he hid in a cave, convinced there was no one like him.

What finally brought Elijah out of his cave was not a powerful wind, earthquake or fire, but a still, small voice! Our encouragement can come equally unexpectedly.

Being involved in church music, I like to keep an eye (or ear!) on ways to make things better or easier, and recently had the opportunity to test some powered speakers. There were three ways to connect – Wi-Fi, BlueTooth and a wired mini-jack port. I couldn’t get any of those to work! A shop assistant eventually came over and resorted to the wired solution. Then I had to choose a piece of music to put the speakers through their paces. “Our God” sung by Chris Tomlin, the last song I’d played on YouTube, seemed suitable, with a lengthy instrumental introduction followed by a lyrics section, so I’d be able to evaluate both aspects for clarity of sound.

As the music finally played, two people who had just entered the shop walked by. Their faces lit up with beaming smiles, and they gave me a big “thumbs-up”. They’d recognised the song – “Water you turned into wine … Into the darkness you shine … There’s no one like You, none like You! … And if our God is for us, then who can ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?” What, indeed? So I wasn’t alone in a crowd in my zeal for God, after all!

Although I didn’t buy the speakers, I left encouraged. Playing the song in the shop that day dispelled my forlorn assumption that there was “no one like me” around.

What about Elijah? God had an even bigger surprise in store for him: “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal” (1 Kings 19:18). So, next time you’re tempted to feel discouraged, listen for that still, small voice! Or even quite a loud one…

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for gently reminding us our service to you is not about our strivings in our limited view of what you seem to be doing. We rejoice knowing we can trust that you know exactly what you are doing, and how, and when, and through whom! Thank you for inviting us to join in with the work you are already doing.
Amen

Study by Shirley McLean
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About the Author:
Shirley McLean attends Grace Communion International in Luton. Shirley runs a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome–see www.kingsfold.org

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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