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About-Him.Com Devotional 10-08-2016
Elijah, a Man of Like Passions as We - Audio
James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
When we read the prophet Elijah, beginning in I Kings 17, we see an ordinary man who did great exploits, because he believed God and had a relationship with Him. We see that he had his ups and downs, successes and failures. He had times that he spoke God's word boldly and had instant results and also times that he doubted God.
At the word of his prayer, God withheld rain upon Israel for three and a half years. During this time God preserved Elijah’s life. We remember how the oil and meal of the widow women never emptied during this time as she honored and provided for God’s prophet. The women’s son died and Elijah questioned God as to why He had allowed the boy to die. Yet, he prayed a fervent prayer and the boy’s life was restored.
Elijah spoke forcefully to King Ahab and commanded that he assemble the people and the prophets of Baal. After following the due order of preparing an altar and sacrifice, he called fire down from heaven with about a sixty word prayer.
Yet, after doing all this and speaking so forcefully to Ahab, he ran from Jezebel . He ended up in a cave, thinking that he was the only person on earth who feared the Lord. Do we ever do this? Does our Sunday shout forsake us on Wednesday? Do we forget how God has provided for us in the past? When sickness and infirmity strike, do we forget past healings? Well, Elijah did and we do too. It’s part of being human.
However the Lord has a way of jogging our memories. He commanded Elijah to stand before Him on a mountain. A strong wind arose, but the Lord wasn’t in the wind. An earthquake erupted, but the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake either. Likewise a great fire and the Lord wasn’t in it either.
Then the Lord spoke in a still small voice. He rebuked Elijah’s unbelief and let him know that there were seven thousand other men who had not bowed to Baal. God then let Elijah know that He wasn’t finished with him yet. His next assignment was to travel all the way up to Syria and anoint a couple of kings. On the way he met Elisha and the story continues.
What does this say to us?
Maintain a relationship with the Lord and believe His word.
Speak the word of the Lord with boldness.
Remember His provision in the past. God has not brought us this far, to forsake us now.
The voice of the Lord is not always the loudest one that we hear. His voice is not necessarily the one that thunders over a loudspeaker. His voice is within us and is always consistent with His written word.
We often feel alone and forsaken, but we should realize that our words and faithful examples will live on for future generations.
God is never finished with us.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
We are never alone. Jesus promised to go with us, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20).
With a promise like that, what do we have to fear?
Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer
"Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge" - John Wesley
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