Please be advised, I have not stopped memorizing Hebrews, and I hope you are continuing as well. Just stopped posting about it. Life sometimes gets in the way… Like today, when Daylight Savings Time began. I hope it has you Springing Forward with the extra day light.
Our pastor is preaching about Elijah. Did you know the Bible doesn’t tell us anything about Elijah, except that he was a Tishbite? I was surprised to learn that he was a nobody, essentially coming out of nowhere, doing what he was not asked by God to do.
Why haven’t I heard this before? It’s such a great encouragement to know that God used a ‘nobody’ for His glory. Especially when things didn’t turn out the way Elijah hoped. My pastor suggests that Elijah was going for revival when he took on King Ahab’s prophets of Baal at the top of Mount Carmel.
Revival, no. Being hunted by Queen Jezebel’s bounty hunters, yes.
And before that he wanted to show the widow woman how mighty his God is, only to have her son die. But wait. Wasn’t that just what she needed to bring her to faith in God? Keeping the meal and oil barrels in good supply wasn’t enough for her. God knew this.
The theme of my pastor’s series is about being light in a dark world. He used the illustration of lighting one match in a dark cavern, giving light to as many people as were there. Only one light needed to give light to many.
Not all light-givers are appreciated. In fact, when the light given is the truth of the God of Elijah, it is often most unwelcome. It is not easy to be the one. Human nature goes against being the one.
God may not ask you to be the one, but He will always give you what is needed.
Be encouraged, my friend. Don’t quit! And don’t forget to pray.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Elias (Elijah) 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.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.