Elijah appeared with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration. His success cannot be denied. When Jesus was transformed before the eyes of his followers, the face of Jesus “did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.” (Matthew17: 2, 3). Elijah was a man of God, affirmed by God, appearing with Jesus, highlighted in Scripture.

In his day, he had demonstrated the power of God. He called fire down from heaven which burned up the sacrifice, the stones of the altar and licked up the water in the trench. The people chanted “The LORD, He is the God; the LORD, He is the God.”

But his message evidently fell on dull ears. The people of God were in deep rebellion against the God of love and mercy – – the one who had made a Covenant to bless them – – if they obeyed His Word.

Elijah had given the message from God, and failed to turn the people around.  He even had to run for his life.   Right after this miracle Jezebel, the wicked queen, was after him!  When he reached his far away hiding place he “requested for himself that he might die.”   (I Kings 19:4).

His success is impossible to deny; God chose Elijah to appear with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:5).

Here is a word for us. When you feel like a failure, it is not necessarily so. Elijah was successful because he obeyed God. But to some very influential people of the day he was not a success, he was a pest, he was a failure.

We need to be successful in the ways of God, not so much in the ways of man.  We can do that. We do not need to “look like success” to be a success. God is the Decider.

(( We were reading in 1 Kings today, chapters 18 and 19. Eric wrote a blog too.  Here is a line to his: WHATS NEXT?.

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  1. Tonya says:

    Love the last few sentences… We need to be successful in the ways of God, not so much in the ways of man. We can do that. We do not need to “look like success” to be a success.

  2. Marjorie Nelsen says:

    Dear Lizzie and Eric,
    Because I go on Facebook about once a month, I missed the dates and updates on your cancer treatment. Until tonight, that is. And glory be, I read them all, Eric’s too. Loved your honesty and sweet reflections and the way you write. Beautiful.
    Made me think of the words of a saint from centuries ago who wrote: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him. How can the will of God be unreasonable? The will of God is all that’s necessary. My friends, you lack nothing.” My new definition of success is that kind of faith. Be blessed! You lack nothing! Love to both of you, Marge

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