“How long do you mean to hobble first on one leg then on the other?”

1 Kings 18: 21

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

1 Kings 18:20-39; Psalm 15(16): 1-2,4-5,8,11; Matthew 5: 17-19.

The prophet Elijah asked the people of Israel this question when they were torn between two Gods. I find the question relevant to us today. We are torn between the many voices we hear – the voices of political and church leaders, scientists and researchers, friends and family, what we believe in and what is right. We struggle to make sense of what we see in the world (racism, violence) and what we teach in our homes. As individuals, discerning between these voices is difficult. We take into consideration all these voices and at the end of the day decide what is best for our families, the broader community and ourselves.

How then do we discern God’s will for us if we are this torn in so many directions? What is God’s will in our lives? These questions become difficult to answer and we may lead to despair.

Elijah today reveals to us amid all the confusion, what true faith means, what it means to listen to the true voice of reason, even when we risk standing alone as Elijah did. By discerning what is in line with God’s vision and showing the right path to others, we will come to know the kingdom of heaven.


I pray today that I may come to know the true you and that I never go astray because of the many voices of reason in the world.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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