JULY 18 - Nahum 1:7 and 1 Kings 19:4-9;11-12


By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him."
Nahum 1:7

"But he (Elijah) himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, 'It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.' And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him and said unto him, 'Arise and eat.' And he looked, and behold, there was a cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him and said, 'Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.' And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came hither unto a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said unto him, 'What doest thou here, Elijah?'
... And He said, 'Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
1 Kings 19:4-9;11-12

Memory Catcher: Look closely at Elijah's name and note the little "i" in the middle. The "i" is swallowed up by "El" on the front and "Jah" on the back. 
El comes from the root word meaning "might, strength, and power" and often precedes the names of God:
El Shaddai (Almighty), El Elyon (Most High),
El Olam (Everlasting).
 JAH which follows the "i" is an abbreviated poetic form of Jehovah (God.)
Elijah is a little "i" swallowed up in name and personhood by the Mighty Jehovah, and God is his stronghold in the day of trouble.
Elijah was a man of color and contrast, a prophet used mightily by God in some of the darkest days of Israel's history. One moment he appeared bold, decisive, and energized, and the next he appeared, weak, uncertain, and exhausted.
Our passage above reflects a man who is utterly spent, worn out, and on the run.
He has just witnessed the spectacular showdown between the god of Baal and the God of Israel; where fire fell from heaven and consumed sacrifices drenched in water. He has just witnessed the slaying of the prophets of Baal and observed the power of God manifesting Himself in flames of fire.
Elijah has witnessed, observed, and participated in some of the greatest miracles made manifest by God, and still the little "i" remains.
The little "i" runs, tail tucked between the legs, away from fearful Jezebel who has threatened to kill him.
The "i" in ELiJAH bows its head with a somber droop and the tear falls soft.
Elijah was just so .... human.
And we are reminded that God's most elite and elect faced black periods and down-times in their own lives and God met them, as He meets us, along the way
Sometimes He sends an angel,
Sometimes He provides a meal,
And ...
Sometimes He speaks softly,
Sometimes He just "whispers" our name.
But always,
 God is there.

How God might work in your situation is anyone's guess but "that" He will work in your situation is His promise.
If you're facing a bleak black period ... rest assured that you are not forgotten.
God has promised to be a stronghold to all those who trust in Him and He knows what is needed in your time of trouble.
Open up your heart, open up God's word, and listen to Him.
He knows your frame,
He knows your name,
He'll provide what is needed.
Faithful Father,
Repeatedly, you reveal Yourself to me in personal and profound ways.
I am as a little "i" ...
 You are the great El Shaddai.
You are magnificent, mighty and merciful all in One.
You strengthen me when I'm weak,
You comfort me when I'm weary,
You seek me out when I have wandered,
You love me when I'm lost.
For all the special providences provided for me and supplied to me,
Thank you.

Great God and Everlasting Jehovah,
"El JAH."
Surround the little "i" with Thy great and holy name;
Let love for Thee adorn this fleshly frame.
Swallow me up both behind and before ...
And lead me in the way everlasting.