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Elijah (1 Kings: 17)
« on: October 17, 2018, 11:57:22 AM »
The Cherith brook dwindled and finally dried up, yet Elijah refrained from questioning God and becoming anxious regarding his sustenance, but remained patient, faithful, and obedient, until God commanded him to go to Zarephath again, as in verse 4 (commanded the ravens to feed thee there), He said "I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee". The power of God is again strongly shown here.
With famine rife in the land, and many dying of starvation, the widow woman only had enough food left for one final meal, for herself and her son. Yet, Elijah, a stranger in the land, asked her to bring him that food, with the blessing "Fear not...the barrel of meal will not waste, nor the cruse of oil fail". Both Elijah and the widow had faith in God's promises. It is to be noted that the barrel and cruse were not filled to the brim, but God gave a sufficient amount each day; ensuring that they continued to rely upon His goodness, and to be thankful in prayer for His mercy and grace. We also need to remain faithful and trusting in the sufficiency of God in all aspects of our lives, particularly in times of trial and tribulation.

Part 3: "And immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness, and he was there 40 days, tempted by Satan" (Mark 1:12-13). Elijah was commanded by God to go into the wilderness, totally isolated from any human contact/help. No doubt he was tempted continually by Satan. Do you trust God? In 1 Kings 17:17, following God sustaining the widow and her son during the period of famine, we read that the son fell ill and died. Would Elijah question God "Why have You provided for the boy to keep him alive, and then let him die? What's the point?" DO YOU TRUST GOD? Elijah cried unto the Lord "..I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah (his faith), and the boy revived" (v 21/22). The sore famine had lasted 3 years, King Ahab had sent men to scour the land in search of Elijah, and Jezebel had slain all the prophets in the land. Then "the word of the Lord came..go, show yourself unto Ahab". DO YOU TRUST GOD when He places you in difficult situations/ tribulations, when it seems that He isn't listening to you or seems no longer with you, when His sure promises of deliverance appear empty words? God sent His only son into the wilderness, alone, to be tempted, to find out if Jesus would continue to trust in Him, even to the cross.

Part 4: "Father, if You be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42). We saw in the previous part that God was testing Elijah's faith. When the crunch came, would Elijah remain steadfast? Crunch time had now come on Mount Carmel; on the one side was the king, his princes, noblemen, soldiers, 450 prophets of Baal, 400 prophets of the groves, and the spiritual aid of all the idol gods. On the other side stood Elijah, alone with no human helper at his shoulder (Jezebel had slain all of the Lord's prophets in Israel). "Elijah spoke to the people and said I, even I only remain a prophet of the Lord" (1 Kings 18:22). So, here we are again; Moses and Pharoah, David and Saul/Goliath, Daniel and the lion's den, Paul and Agrippa, Jesus and the cross (among many others throughout scripture). What would have been going through Elijah's mind at this time? Perhaps "Will I make it through the day?", "What if it all goes pear-shaped?", or "What am I doing here?". Or, was it more likely "If God is for me, then who can stand against me?", "I will never leave or forsake you?", or did he see clearly the sovereign, faithful, all- powerful covenant God?
One day, we may face a "crunch time". It may be face to face with a street robber, on an aircraft that is losing height, an unexpected fog/storm suddenly descending on a motorway, or a million and one other things. How will we react?

Part 5: Why didn't Jesus begin His ministry as a youth or in His 20's? Simply because He wasn't ready (as a man); He needed strengthening. This is a very important point for us; to be totally obedient and fully confident in God takes time and maturity. These things don't happen overnight. We see in this study of Elijah this development of faith/trust in God and obedience without questioning. In 1 Kings 18: 30-33 we see Elijah following the pattern God had given to Moses regarding sacrifices to Him: the timing - the evening sacrifice, building the alter NOT with hewn stones, putting the wood IN ORDER, cutting the sacrifice in pieces and placing it correctly. Look at the difference between this and the Baal prophets: "they leaped on the alter...cutting themselves til blood gushed out...from morning til night". What a picture this is, of the godly and ungodly of history and of today!!! one displaying a calm assurance and the character of the Lord in his behaviour/work, and the other...well words fail; I'm unable to form an adequate description (laughable/futile/ludicrous/pitiable). The phrase "God will sit in the Heavens and laugh" springs to mind. It doesn't take a lot of thinking to see what the end result of these two opposed "behaviours" will be, does it? especially when you look at the people around you, and in your neighbourhood, town, country, world. Be patient, and let God, through His Holy Spirit, do His work in you.

Offline John

Re: Elijah (1 Kings: 17)
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2018, 08:46:09 AM »
Trust in God.

So easy to say, but it is an active faith, one that has to be exercised.

Trust is not passive, it requires that we determine to do this and in the face of reality do it.

I have no confidence in those who blithely say, ' Have faith's or worse 'Only believe!'.

It take courage to trust God.