No matter what kind of struggle you're going through, take time to worship God. He promised never to leave us alone. He’s over us, under us, around us and in us. Rejoice!

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 17-18

Key Verse: 1 Kings 18:22

Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.”

Who would have guessed that the odds favored the one against so many formidable opponents? This dramatic confrontation has frequently drawn the comment, “One person with God is always a majority.” There were actually 100 other prophets of the Lord hiding in two caves, waiting for the day when they could boldly take a public stand once again. We should never give in to a “poor me pity party.” The Apostle Paul, in words to Timothy, felt very alone (2 Tim. 4:9-16). But then he rallied and declared, “The lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Take time to worship God. He promised never to leave us alone. He’s over us, under us, around us and in us. Rejoice!


Lord God, Your eternal Word, which will never pass away, declares, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b). Please grant me a constant awareness of Your presence. May I be as Paul urged me, “Be being filled with Your Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). In the Name of the One who was filled at all times with the fullness of God, my Friend who sticks closer than a brother, the Lord Jesus. Amen!


William Ewart Gladstone served as Prime Minister in Great Britain four separate times during the 19th Century. He also sponsored missions all over the U.K. Gladstone negotiated with our Canadian leaders for separation without violence. The 13 British colonies to the south fought a bloody war for separation. While there were some godly leaders on the American side, they did not have godly people to deal with in England. Approximately 90 years later, Canada was born without bloodshed. John A. MacDonald, our first Prime Minister was a flawed human being like all of us, but he dreamed big dreams. I sat in his seat in the Presbyterian Church in Kingston and learned for the first time from Pastor Max Putnam, that John A. experienced a genuine conversion to Christ, and even preached later in a Methodist camp meeting in Grimsby, Ontario. Finally, the press got it right in an article in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper headlined, “The Day Sir John A. Met Jesus!”

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