1 Kings 17 …. the whole chapter
First, the OBEDIENCE of Elijah… He did everything the Lord told Him to do…
Second, the provision of God for all the physical needs of Elijah…. Can you imagine, the birds brought him food every day, twice a day ?…. he did not question, as we might do, where did it come from ? it might have germs or make me sick ?… NO… God sent it for him and it was for his health and well-being, no matter what our doctors and scientists might have to say about that.
When the brook dried up…. God sent him to a woman that he did not know…. the woman told him that she was going in to make the last meal she had for herself and her son…. and Elijah says, “feed me FIRST”…. the sheer impertinence of that demand… but he also told her that God would provide for her and her son.
She exercised FAITH in her WORKS…. by OBEDIENCE, she did what she was told to do… and God worked a miracle and they all ate for many days from the very “small meal”…. but the story does not end there…. her child dies…. imagine that !
After both her and Elijah have been totally obedient to God… why should this catstrophe happen ???…. she was upset and so was Elijah….. but in FAITH, he took the child and prayed for him to live…. and God brought back the child from the dead….
Finally…. at the end of the chapter the woman “gets it”… and gives glory to God for his awesome power.
The Jews saw miracle afer miracle after miracle…. but each time they were confronted by another tragedy, they murmured and complained…. INSTEAD of exercising FAITH in GOD’s ability to do the impossible (when He had already shown them what He was capable of).
What about us ? Do we believe that God is able to do anything ? …. or do we only believe He can do the “easy” things ?
We run to the doctor and/or swallow pills every time we feel sick….. we buy insurance policies for everything…. and only when all these fail do we call out to God “as a last resort” (since we have no other choice) and just MAYBE He will help us….. what do you think ?…… where is your FAITH ?…. and in what do you TRUST ?…. do you have any FAITH at all ?
FAITH can only grow if it is tested…. testing is never pleasant…. testing is a frightening experience to go through….. we dont want to be tested…. we just want everything to go along smoothly, perfectly….. unfortunately, the real world is not like that and there WILL be problems in the lives of everybody…. what do you do when you have a problem ? look for a human solution ?
You know the heathen say that GOD is a crutch for weak-minded and inferior people….. but what does God say about them:
“He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.” (Luke 1:51 – 53 and then read also 1 Samuel 2:1 – 10)
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, O that we would trust you more… and really BELIEVE that you care for us…. we are your little children and we want to obey you…. please dont be angry with us and keep us from failing you when we are tested …. in Jesus name we pray. Amen