Spring is nearly here and you know what that means—tornado season. While the past two days have been quite lovely where I live, with mild temperatures and bright sun, those blessings bring with them instability. That means it’s back to the occasional need to hunker down in the basement, listening to the tornado sirens and waiting for the weather warning to pass. And people say the midwest is boring!
Last night’s tornado threats made me think of the story of Elijah:
Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.[…]When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.2 Kings 2:1, 9-12a
Well, I definitely didn’t see any blazing chariots blowing through the sky yesterday, but can you imagine what a sight that must have been? And what of Elijah? What a story he will have to share when we meet him in heaven!
I marvel at those who say the Old Testament is boring. Okay, perhaps Leviticus and Numbers aren’t exactly page-turners, but contained within the pages of the Old Testament are so many phenomenal, true stories. And the best part? Those stories teach us about our God, His character, His will, and His ways. I wish more pastors would preach from the Old Testament, as I fear we have lost our love for it simply because we are unfamiliar with it.
Okay, since I didn’t blow away yesterday, that means you still are able to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Speaking of preaching from the Old Testament, Alistair Begg has been teaching through 1 Samuel and the messages are marvelous. Start here and keep going.
- Girl, stay away from this author.
- Fascinating facts about the T-rex.
- In light of the above, can I just ask why? Also, wasn’t there a movie (or two or three or more) about this? As I recall, it didn’t end well.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- This is so sad and is precisely why we must be busy proclaiming the gospel. People are dying.
- What do you mean, “God told” you? Sinclair Ferguson addresses this marvelously.
- So, is there tension in the Bible?
- Great thoughts on discernment and separation from my friend, DebbieLynne.
- Someone get this man a Bible!
It is meditation “of Him” that is sweet—not merely of doctrine about Him—but of Him, of Himself. Not merely of His offices, and His work, and all that concerns Him—but of His own dear Self! There lies the sweetness!Charles Spurgeon