Weekday Devotionals

Thrive Devotional May 12, 2022 by Tony Tolvo

And he (Elijah) said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  1Ki 19:14

When Elijah spoke these words, he had just come from a triumphant event in which God used him to display His glory on earth to both the people of Israel and slaying the prophets of baal. He went from literally calling down fire from heaven to hiding out in a cave because he was afraid of King Ahab and his evil wife Jezebel.

To a much lesser extreme, we all go through highs and lows in our Christian walk. One day, we’re on top of the world and feel like we could jump into the Lion’s den with Daniel. The next day, we face some adversity and start to believe the lies from the enemy… and feel like feel like we’re all alone. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Read the below passage from Mark 11:1-6
"Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring [it]. And if anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it,' and immediately he will send it here. So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, "What are you doing, loosing the colt? And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.”

This passage is usually just passed over as a transition to the main event of the chapter as that being Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. But it made me think about what God had to do to make this happen. Obviously God was communicating with others outside of the Disciples or the known followers of Jesus at that time. He spoke to whomever owned that colt and told him to have it ready for his Son to use... AND that person was already walking in faith and belief. We aren't told the specifics of that faith but we see the reality of it by the fact that the colt was there waiting and those that were there with the colt had to be part of it to because they asked the disciples the exact question that Jesus predicted and they allowed them to take the colt.

This makes me realize that there are people out there that God is using and speaking through that I know nothing about. During those times when it feels like I’m all alone, God is still working in and through others that I know nothing about. AND He’s working to make turn these lonely, difficult times for GOOD.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Rom. 8:28

As Liz pointed out last Sunday, don’t “Take the Bait’, don’t believe the lies from the enemy. Lies are his ONLY weapon. Once we truly understand this, we are able to “… be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.” Eph. 6:10

No believer in Christ is ever alone. Let’s live like that.

Love y’all
-tony tolvo




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