In my haste, I have sometimes made the mistake of hitting that “reply all” button on a group email. Many times it can be appropriate to reply to all. Normally, it is not a problem but there are times when I want my response to be very personal. One of my pet peeves is reading responses sent to the whole group when it does not involve me or concern me.
Today’s verse is a very specific answer to a discouraged cry for help. Elijah ran for his life after death threats from Queen Jezebel. Strengthened and encouraged with rest and food provided by an angel, he continued to put distance between himself and the threat, traveling 40 days and nights. Elijah felt totally alone, spent and discouraged. The Lord never reprimanded him for feeling this way. The answer to his prayer spoke directly to his need. Elijah was told to anoint Elisha to help and was told of seven thousand who like Elijah were faithful to God! He was not alone.
This is no “reply all” response from God. It was an intensely personal reply. God’s answer to Elijah was for a certain time and place. But I learn from it that He hears the individual prayer and provides a specific answer. And He does the same for me. He knows exactly what I am feeling and why. I may not even be able to articulate my need but the Holy Spirit intercedes for me with wordless groans (Romans 8:26). As my Creator He sees and understands my heart. When I cry out to Him, He answers with exactly what I need.
Thank you Lord, for Your very personal replies.