We will start today’s column with a question. What would you do if God gave you the power to speak to the heavens and declared a drought and the heavens obeyed?
What would you do if the heavens did not produce another drop of rain, over a period of years, until you again spoke and told the heavens it was time to rain? And the heavens obeyed yet again and rain came forth. Sounds like a power we would all like to have. Imagine the power to be able to pronounce rain over forest fires, over dry, dust farm dirt damaged from a drought! Imagine having the power to pronounce a halt to the pouring rain that is flooding and causing massive damages to both physical and material possessions. What good we could do in this World!
This may all sound like it is too good to be true. But it happened with a prophet of God named Elijah. The Bible first introduces the reader to Elijah in1 Kings chapter 17. The Bible teaches us that Elijah speaks to the people and states that the rain is gone and will not return until he says so. This takes a lot of courage as, in scripture, this is really the first time we are introduced to this prophet Elijah. Elijah goes on to do many deeds for God. But in the middle of God blessing him, Elijah became afraid of an ungodly queen who wanted swore she would kill. Elijah fled and prayed for death. He was so afraid.
Over the last month we have looked at Moses, Gideon and others. We have examined them and their fear of doing God’s work at first, but relenting their will to God’s and allowing God to raise them up to do great things for His Kingdom. This is what God wants to do for all of us! He has great plans for all of His children, regardless of your past failures, successes, etc…
The story of Elijah is unique in that he saw the power of God, performed miracles for God, then he was struck with fear and ran away, became depressed and hid in a cave. I know as you read this article today you can relate with Elijah. God has called you to works for His Kingdom and maybe mid journey you became sidetracked by something. Elijah was sidetracked by fear. What sidetracked you? In the end God was patient with Elijah and took care of him, raised him back up and Elijah was again helpful to the Kingdom. God wants to do the same for you, me and to all who will listen. Next week we will take a closer look at the life of Elijah.
Until then, remember God loves you, remember God loves us all. Remember our fight is not flesh and blood.. Our fight is not against each other, but against the devil. God loves the worst person you can think of as much as He loves you. Be good to one another. Amen.