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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:16-24

If you read the last post, Things won’t always be this way, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

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.

The Application:

Anytime something bad or out of the norm happens in life we immediately look for sin. Can you imagine what life would be like if God sent bad for every sin? While God doesn’t like sin, He also does not sit in heaven planning bad to send into every single person’s life each time they sin. He will judge sin and we have a biblical record of where He has. But we also have a biblical record of forgiveness for sin. So, if not for sin…why then does bad enter our lives?

Let me answer that question with another question. Why did God send Elijah to the King? Why did God sit Elijah by the brook? Why did God satisfy Elijah with the barrel? Why did God save a boy through Elijah? To prove that God lives.

This bad that came proved just that. Notice the widows words in verse 24. “By this” I know (that you are a man of God and that the Word of God is Truth). This what? — The bad. Her son died, but God brought him back to life. This is how she came to know and testify.

Didn’t she know when God told her Elijah was coming and he came? Didn’t she know when God kept the flour and oil flowing? None of that was enough…God had to bring her to her edge to get her to fully believe. She confesses that the word of the Lord is truth. God exists. God is alive. God did not send bad into her life to punish her. God sent bad to accomplish His purpose. His purpose was for all to see and know that He is alive, and to turn from worshiping Baal.

Conclusion: We can know that there will be good and bad times in life. Through both we can be sure that God is working His purpose in and
around us.

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.