This past Sunday I talked about Elijah being the cause of the drought for the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Sometimes it is easy to look at Elijah’s life and internally feel that He is a “super-hero” that no “real follow of Christ” could ever emulate. James will never allow us to put Elijah on that high of a pedestal. James say’s,
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.” James 5:17,18
Elijah was “a man with a nature like ours…” Elijah faced much of life like us, except there are two things that I believe set him apart:
#1: HE FULLY PUT HIS TRUST IN GOD In 1 Kings 17:1 it says, “As the Lord God of Israel lives…” Almost everyone else in the Northern Kingdom thought that the Lord was dead. That baal was the only living god. But NOT for Elijah, He believed that God was the only living God and he was going to serve Him!
This means that if we are to imitate Elijah, we too are to put our trust fully in God even when others around us don’t!
#2 HE SERVED GOD OR STOOD FOR HIM ALONE It continues to say in 1 Kings 17:1 “…whom I serve, other translations say “STAND”….” When he makes this proclamation in front of King Ahab, he is standing in front of the King saying, at my word their will be no rain or dew…. He was standing in the presence of a king, but he recognized that he was standing in the presence of someone MIGHTIER than the king! He knew that God’s presence went with him in his daily life.
We too must daily understand that the presence of “Almighty God” goes with us wherever we go. So when we are at work, school, home, Almighty God is with us and His power is available to move on our behalf.
The difference between us and Elijah is Elijah believed that God is true to His word and will never leave us nor forsake us! That is something that each of us can put our trust in – “Almighty God!!”
In the midst of uncertainty
I TRUST IN GOD
Daily Elijah had to trust in God
Daily the Widow had to trust in God
Daily I must trust in God