Touched by an Angel [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 17, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
If the game goes into overtime, God always wins.
Today’s Text: “Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.’ Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.” (1 Kings 19:2–3, ESV)
In the spring of 2018, the Baylor Bears men’s basketball team was scrapping for every game in hopes of making the big dance. In one important matchup, the Bears led the Texas Longhorns almost the whole game. At the end, the game seemed neatly in hand. I know what the Bears were thinking. In just a few seconds, the buzzer will sound and we’ll start celebrating. While they were looking forward to the fun bus ride home, Texas inbounded the ball with almost no time left. Suddenly, their guard heaved the unlikely shot and, as the buzzer sounded, the three-pointer swished to tie the game.
Overtime. The Bears thought they’d finished. They thought they’d won. Suddenly, they had to gear up for five more minutes of the fight.
Ever had a time when life handed you “overtime”? Elijah did. The mighty prophet of Israel had defeated 450 prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel and proven Yahweh to be the one, supreme Lord of all. Then, out of nowhere, the pagan queen Jezebel (who had invested a lot in the prophets of Baal) threatened Elijah’s life.
It’s odd. Elijah had seen the fire of God fall. Elijah had experienced God’s power and might. Elijah, as much as any man alive in Israel, knew that God was sovereign. But the Queen’s threat landed with great force in Elijah’s soul. Why? It was “overtime” for Elijah. He had given his all, thought he’d won, and the sudden thought of having to fight another day just seemed like too much. The mighty prophet became depressed and retreated into the wilderness. He gave up.
“Overtime” comes when you least expect it. Perhaps your marriage goes through a big crisis and you’re reconciled but, all of a sudden, one argument seems to threaten it all. Or maybe you’re a business owner and you landed the big contract when, all of a sudden, a competitor surfaces with a competing bid. Or maybe the chemo treatments are over, but there is a new scan that raises questions and more treatment is recommended. Overtime.
The Bears didn’t beat the Longhorns in overtime last year. They beat them in double overtime! When Elijah went into “overtime” God sent an angel to feed him and tell him there was still a great journey ahead. If you’re in “overtime” God will feed and lead you too. And that’s the Gospel!