Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 17:1-7
Here we are introduced to Elijah the prophet. Elijah is very common now, but at this point in history he was an unknown from nowhere. No one knew Elijah. He just comes into the story unannounced. His town, Tishbe, can no longer be found with certainty. From his name we deduce that he is a man of God: Yahweh is my God. As we read of his life it will become evident that he hates the worship of Baal just as much as Jezebel loves it.
When he enters the storyline he is immediately speaking to King Ahab saying that until he says so, there will be no rain. Elijah is working on God’s behalf in response to the embracing of Baal worship. From here God sends him to the Brook Cherith where ravens deliver bread and meat to him. He gets a delivery each morning and evening. He drinks from the brook until it dries up from the lack of rain. So, in this manner, we are introduced to Elijah.
In verse one we read of Elijah being mightily used of God. God allows him to go in, rebuke the Baal worship, bring glory to the living God, and get away without harm. Things just couldn’t be better for Elijah right now.
Elijah cannot stand the worship of Baal. He hates the worship of Baal like I hate a diet. He is able to go before Ahab and preach that God is the living God. He is able to tell the people that to prove his point God will not allow rain again until he commands.
Elijah is serving God and loving it. He is on a spiritual mountain.
It feels good to be used of God. You share the Word with someone and are able to watch their life be transformed. You teach a truth to someone and see them apply it to their life. You sit back sometimes and do nothing while Almighty God works in a situation where you would have just made a mess.
There is nothing like serving and being used of God.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.