We don’t typically associate Elijah with love, but we cannot separate the man from fire. Again and again, Elijah spoke fiery words. Twice, fire came from heaven and took out a troop sent to arrest him. Once, fire from the Lord swallowed an altar Elijah had just built. At the end of Elijah’s life, a fiery chariot pulled by fiery horses picked him up and whirled him away.
What a perfect reminder: Love doesn’t look a thing like we had thought. We wouldn’t have stamped “love” across any of those occurrences, yet LOVE is exactly what’s branded across them all: God’s love for a man who stood before him with an undivided heart. The man’s love for his incredible God. The love God had, and imparted to Elijah, for people who could not receive it, because they wouldn’t let go of everything else they were trying to embrace.
Be blessed to embrace the fire God sends – and find you are blazing with love.
From The Elijah Blessing: An Undivided Heart, © 2012 Deborah P. Brunt. All rights reserved.