Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Wow! Things are really going great…, 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.
The brook dried up because there had been no rain. I imagine Elijah’s thoughts were something like: I shut off the water for the Baal worshippers. God, I am not supposed to go without…I am serving you. Ok, let us see…what have I done wrong so God is punishing me?
We can quickly go from Serving God and loving it…to Wow! Things are really going great…to Wait, why did MY water get turned off. This is not a time for Lord, why?…or Lord, what did I do? Rather, this is the time for: Ok Lord, where now? What now? You’ve given me a nice break…but now the water is off. Where can I go for you now? What can I do for you now?
After being used of God we should never think we have achieved. Each task for God is just training for the harder task He has next.
We will see Elijah do greater and greater things as we follow his life…each time he is ready for the next. Never feeling a sense of accomplishment in what he has done.
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.