Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 17:1-7
If you read the last post, Serving God and Loving It, please skip ahead to the application.
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.
God speaks to Elijah and tells him to get away from Ahab. Can you imagine how Ahab would have hassled him if he would have stayed around. But, God didn’t just tell him to get away with no direction. God tells him exactly where to go.
Notice the provision God has for him:
1. God shows him where to hide to avoid Ahab.
2. God has birds deliver food to him twice a day.
3. God allows him to be in a place with water during a time of drought!
Wow! Things are really going great for Elijah. He has been directly used by God. He is being directly provided for by God.
Times like these are easy to enjoy. God is good, life is good, etc.
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.