Day 27: Not The Only Ones

Day 27_ Not the only one

Elijah the Prophet was appointed by God to the nation of Israel during the reign of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. In 1 Kings 19:9 is where Elijah finds himself hidden in a cave, where the Lord appears to him. In his fear, he responds, ” I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty… I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

In the battle to end abortion, feels like it’s only a few of us who are making a stand. From what we see and hear, it can at times seem hopeless in our fight against those who support it. We may also think more of our youth and college students support pro-choice ideologies. 

And when we find ourselves alone in the presence of God we wait on His voice. Expecting him to show up in such a powerful way and in a sign so evident for all to see, but “The Lord [is] not in the wind…[He is] not in the earthquake, [and He is not] in the fire, [but] in a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:11-12)

God in His gentleness, encouraged Elijah that he isn’t the only one and “reserves seven thousand in Israel- all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18)

I want to encourage you as well that we have more young people who are fighting for the unborn than what the media portrays. There are more rising up against the abortion agenda. In the Human Life Review article it says, “pro-choice fervor among young people has virtually fizzled out…The pro-life generation gains momentum on middle school, junior high, high school, and college campuses across the country, while simultaneously the echoes of pro-choice youth’s last hurrah are so far in the past as to be barely audible anymore.

Perhaps surprisingly to some, millennials are demonstrably more pro-life than preceding generations.

Students for Life of America currently works with 838 active student pro-life groups across the country. At the time of publication, the nation’s two most notable pro-choice activist groups combined report fewer than half the number of active groups as Students for Life.

Put simply, the pro-choice movement has already experienced all that it will achieve, and will spend its dying breaths trying to preserve arguments and laws that were made and passed in the now-distant past. And as the pro-choice movement fizzles out, the pro-life movement gains steam at a pace that grows every year.

The Students for Life national convention preceding the annual March for Life has grown to such a degree that thousands of young people participate every year. The interest is so strong, however, that long before the conference we have to begin turning away dedicated pro-life students because we simply do not have the means to accommodate all of them. The pro-life movement is where young people want to be.”

Devotional for Day 27

Intention: We pray for humility in our work for God’s Kingdom. 

Scripture: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. — Philippians 2:5-8 

Reflection: There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we don’t care who gets the credit. Jesus Christ’s life on earth exemplifies a total submission to the will of the Father. His humility, compassion, gentleness and thoughtfulness are reflected over and over again in the New Testament. He was God incarnate, yet He chose to be born to a humble, working class home. How absurd it must have seemed to the rich and powerful that the Son of God, the Messiah, the one foretold by the prophets, the ‘King of the Jews’ was born and raised as a simple peasant. During His thirty-three years on earth, He sought no riches, claimed no secular power and gathered no possessions. His short time on earth changed more lives, softened more hearts, and gave hope to more people, than all the rich and powerful human ‘kings’ combined. And, at the end of His life on earth, by dying on the cross, He opened the door to eternal life for those who heed his words and follow in his footsteps. 

Prayer: O Lord, help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us humbly and diligently work to restore legal protection for the unborn, the disabled, the medically dependent and all innocent children of God whose lives are threatened. Let us remember the old adage that “He can never lead who has not first learned to obey.” And, Lord, grant us a peaceful heart as we labor in your name. Amen.
Rebekah Vasquez

Rebekah Vasquez

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