The story of Elijah is as much a testement to God’s patience with Israel, as it is the Lord choosing an amazing prophet. Elijah was called by God to confront the most evil king in all Israel. Ahab was known to be more evil than all the kings before him. He did anything to be independent of God, Ahab was worshipping the God’s of Jeroboam, and He then married Jezebeel, a very prominant Baal worshipper. He set up Asheraah poles and Baal worship sites. Ahab also allowed the rebuilding of Jericho. God decided enough was enough. God sent Elijah to make his position clear. Elijah told Ahab, God is done…No rain or moisture until Elijah says otherwise–otherwwise means when you turn the nation back toward the God of your fathers.. What Ahab had to face was that God will be God no matter what Ahab wanted.
Elijah had a difficult job–he had to face God’s annointed and make clear God had had enough. This was not an invitation to an easy life, nor was it an indcation that God would turn a blind eye to the sin of His chosen people. Sadly, the people followed the leadership of their king. Ahab’s push toward Baal dragged the nation with him. So God was faced with decision to save his people or allow them to destroy themselves. He chose to let them be. So God stopped His provision and protection . He implemented a drought that would continue until Elijah ended it. God was confdident that Elijah would remain faithful, no matter what.
That is who we need to be. The person God can look to to remain faithful no matter what. It requires faith; it requires seeking the Lord daily through prayer and spending time with God. It also requires a desire to make God the Lord of your life not just your token God. Elijah was in the journey no matter what–from there, God would use Elijah to reclaim His people. Help me Lord, to have the heart and desire to follow like Elijah.
God Bless You
In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. 30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. 31 He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.
34 In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun.
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Elijah Fed by Ravens
2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.