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1 Kings 17, 18  Elijah


It is natural to read of faith’s heroes and be inspired by them to do the things they did.  In our zeal for God, we, like Elijah, want to establish the fact, for others to see, that God is God.  We, like Elijah, would like to do something that would settle the issue, so that people would no longer be of ‘two opinions’.  It is natural to want to jump to this point in the timeline of Elijah’s life and say with him, “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God”.


As we are given a glimpse into 3 or 4 glorious years of his life, it is easy to miss the many obscure ones that came before it.  The obscure years, the winter years, the years when there is little sign of life, are the years that we prepare and position ourselves for the summer ones when God finally speaks life and purpose into our lives.  Even at the beginning of these glorious years when Elijah first heard God speak in 17:1, it says in 18:1, “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah”.


Elijah had 3 more years of intense faith training to build on the faith he already had.  He would need it to do what God had for him to do.  It is with all this behind him that Elijah comes to this point to settle the issue that God is God.  Had he made his move even one day earlier, he would have fallen flat.  But because he had developed a history of waiting on God in his obscure years, he again waits during these 3 until God said it was time. 


Now knowing that God has initiated this move, he can ask with complete confidence when he says, “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God”.  And then, when God answered, he again did not let go of believing for the rest of what God told him would happen.  He would not let go until it rained.


Whether with Elijah, ourselves, or even with Jesus Himself, all we can do at any point in the timeline of our lives, is to follow today where God leads, knowing that if He is leading, it is to position us for what He has in store for our tomorrow.


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