Applications from 1 Kings
Well, Elijah is really on a roll. He has stopped the rain. He was fed by the brook. He was used to feed this widow. Things are great, but then this widow’s son dies. She is upset with Elijah and Elijah is questioning God.
Things won’t always be this way, or it won’t always be like this. Have you heard this? Maybe you were told this to console you through a tough time. Maybe you gave this advice to someone who was in a trial. I would like to flip this advice. Instead of using it during the bad time….use it for the good times.
Things won’t always be this way. Wow, Elijah! You went before the king and stopped the rain. You were fed by a brook. God caused a barrel to never run out of flour, but things won’t always be this way.
Just a few verses later we see Elijah cry out to God in distress. He is sitting there with a dead boy in his hands. While before he brought life to this house, now he has seemingly brought death. He cries out to God.
Things won’t always be this way. This is great advice to a person in a trial, but this is even better advice to a person on a mountain top. You are going to face a valley. You are going to see some rain. There will be cloudy days. Today it’s sunshine, tomorrow it may not be.
Enjoy the Good times. Soak them up. Give God His due glory. Allow them to refresh you…because you know that tomorrow you will have to fight another battle.
Never assume once you have had a victory that things will always be like this…because they won’t. Soon you may have a dead boy on your hands. Soon you may have an angry mother in your face. Allow the good times to prepare you for this.
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.