This story is about Elijah a prophet of God who seemingly just appears out of nowhere. Because the Bible does not mention anything of his past it led some to believe he was more than just a man and possibly an angel. Elijah was just a human like you and me and we can learn a lot from him and how God can use us just like He used Elijah.
Read 1 Kings 16:30-33
The King of Israel has disobeyed God and is allowing the nation of Israel to worship other gods. Ahab did more to provoke the Lords anger than any other King. They believed that the gods they worshiped were in charge of the weather so God was going to show them that He alone is the true God who controls the universe.
Read 1 Kings 17:1-7
We Need to Trust God:
1) When Speaking the Truth
The first thing we see is that Elijah was not afraid to confront the King with the truth. Truth is not something our society is big on anymore other than your own personal truth which is not always truth but only opinion. When we establish our truth and not Gods truth then we are replacing what God said with what we believe. So what we are saying is my word if the final truth and we are saying that we are equal to or greater than God.
Speaking the truth will be costly in our society because people do not like for you to say things that go against what they believe. The same was true for Elijah as he confronted the king who could have him killed if he felt like it. No matter what the consequences are we cannot back down from speaking the truth.
Acts 5:27-29 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
We live in a society where, on one hand, it is easy to speak your mind and give your opinion but, on the other hand, many Christians are being manipulated to remain silent. As Christians if we really believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6) then by remaining silent about faith in Jesus Christ will have eternal consequences for those we do not share our faith with. As Christians we have to speak the truth no matter how unpleasant it may be to the person that we are sharing it with.
Ahab had allowed other gods to not only ruin him but an entire nation and so he needed to be confronted with the lie he was living. Many people that we work with and live around are having their lives ruined by the lies that the world is telling them. If we do not stand up for truth then we will continue to see people throw their lives away on things that will not bring them the peace and happiness they promise.
Ahab had no intention to repenting and viewed Elijah as the enemy for even bringing it up. This is happening with Christians who stand against things today. Instead of people accepting all truth as equal, which is what they say, they hate Christians because they are confronted with the truth. We should not be surprised because in Matthew 10 Jesus says that we will be hated because of His name.
If Ahab being the King, would have repented and brought the country to repentance then things could have turned out differently. Obedience to speak the truth is not easy and it is not popular but that does not excuse us from saying what needs to be said. If we want to turn our nation and the world around it will only happen as we share the truth and then as people repent and turn to God for salvation through Jesus Christ.
2) When you have to leave everything behind
It was very difficult for Elijah to be obedient to God because it cost him socially. He had to leave the city and go and live among the caves away from all the people and familiarity that he knew. I think one of the reasons we are not obedient to God is because sometimes it cost us our comfort. If you have ever had an uncomfortable conversation with someone you know how uneasy it makes you feel but God can use the uncomfortable conversations to change a persons heart. With Ahab it did not change his heart it made him mad and so God had Elijah leave.
When we are obedient we trust that God is going to provide everything we need. God does not promise us an easy life but He does promise that He will provide and He will never leave us.
Luke 14:26-27 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
What is standing in your way from doing what God has called you to do?
The Bible says that Ravens fed Elijah
When you believe in God then you can believe in miracles. A miracle is just God intervening over the natural order of things. So the supernatural over the natural. Some believe that the wording was not actual birds but a people group that lived out there that provided for Elijah. The main point in all of this is not matter if it was birds or people is that God met Elijah’s needs. If Jesus can feed the 5 thousand (15-25000 total) then feeding Elijah was easy.
Trusting God is easy to say but it is hard to do. It is easy to give $100 dollars to something if you are a millionaire but if you only have $100 and God ask you to give it up then that is when you really trust him. Do you trust God for your Daily Bread (Luke 11:3) ? What things in your life does God need to send some help? Can you trust Him to meet those needs?
Read 1 Kings 17:8-16
3) When Life does not make sense
Jesus mentions this widow in Luke 4:25 so this story was one that Jesus taught as truth. What would you have done if you were the widow? The drought was so bad that now the only thing she had left was a snack for her and her son and they were going to eat it and await their fate. Her obedience to do what God wanted before her own needs was amazing and not something I am sure I would have done.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The widow was willing to do what the man of God told her to do even though the situation looked bleak. 3 ½ years of drought would test everyone’s faith including Elijah’s. When things are the darkest that’s when God shines the brightest.
“Do not fear and do as I have said” (Vs 13)
It is difficult to trust God and not to fear when you are unsure of the future. Fear is the tool that Satan uses to get us to not trust God and to look for other ways of providing for ourselves. Elijah and this widow experienced a miracle because they were both obedient even when it did not make sense.
Don’t you wish God laid out the whole plan in front of you so you could see it? The widow was asked to give the little bit of bread she could make to Elijah first which would go against all of her motherly instincts to make sure her son was taken care of first. But look how God provided for her “The jar of flour and the Jug of oil would not run out until the Lord sends rain. If you think of how crazy that was that would be like the milk in the refrigerator or the gas in your car never running out.
Read 1 Kings 18:1-2; 41-45
4) When the promise has not arrived
Ahab, who had allowed Israel to turn away from God, blamed Elijah for the trouble the nation was in because of the drought. It is always someone elses fault for what is happening in someones life and they never see that they are the ones that have caused the problem in their own life.
God’s timing is always perfect but whatever promises He has given will come true. Our job is to pray and trust Him until they do. God told Elijah to go up and tell Ahab that rain was on the way but Elijah still had to pray for the rain to come
James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
Six times Elijah’s servant came back with no sight of rain but Elijah kept on praying. Dr. Tony Evans says that he was praying like a pregnant woman who was giving birth. Elijah was praying with such passion and strain that it was the equivalent of a woman giving birth.
How much do you struggle in your prayers? How many of our prayers are just flippant request to God? How many of our prayers are really praying what God has already said?The intense prayers of Elijah were based on what God had already promised. We need to find the promises of God in His word and pray over those things first. So many of our prayers are simply selfish request we have to benefit ourselves. We should always pray for the needs we have but we need to be praying for the things that God has already promised as well.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Your trust is in the Lord not your strength and your wisdom. Do not lean on your own understanding. I think, I feel, I believe are how most in our culture live their lives. They base what they do on false thinking which leads to false feelings and false beliefs.
Acknowledge: Be aware of Gods presence in your life and He will make your paths straight. He will make sure you are going the right direction so you can trust Him.