Lessons from Elijah’s God.

September 15, 2007

Last night at Bible study, we went over Romans 11:1-10. In this passage, Paul quotes a couple times from I Kings, so we read from I Kings 18 & 19 in order to understand the background of Elijah’s efforts to turn the Israelites away from Baal worship & toward God.

We read of the great victory God gave on Mt. Carmel. But it did not seem to accomplish what Elijah hoped it would. Ahab & Jezebel were still in power, & the worship of false gods was not eradicated. And, as if that wasn’t disheartening enough, Jezebel vowed to kill him. As a result, Elijah was discouraged enough to die. He asked God for death.

But God gave grace. He supplied Elijah with strength, & he walked for 40 days & 40 nights to Mt. Horeb. The Elijah on Mt. Horeb seems so different from the Elijah who, in great faith, called to God on Mt. Carmel. On Mt. Horeb, he was broken, discouraged, & hopeless.

“& behold, the LORD passed by, & a great & strong wind tore the mountains & broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. & after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. & after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. & after the fire, the sound of a low whisper. & when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak & went out & stood at the entrance of the cave.” (I Kings 10:11-13)

God didn’t come to him through earth-shattering grandeur. He came in “the sound of a low whisper”.
What a sweet reminder for this broken man whose bright expectations had been shattered: God sometimes works in a way that is quiet & invisible to us. No matter what circumstances may appear to be, His purposes are never thwarted. Still, His perfect will is unfolding as He commands.

& God revealed to Elijah that He has yet kept for Himself a remnant within Israel who has not forsaken Him to worship Baal.

Elijah was reminded: God is sovereign. Whether He works in the way of a consuming fire or whether He works in the way of imperceptible quietness, He is sovereign.

The victories won’t always be so obvious as they were on Mt. Carmel. Sometimes, it will seem as though all is lost & failed (remember, even Mt. Calvary initially seemed like a defeat). But not so . . . no, never so. Our sovereign God prevails. Always.

Take heart.  Wait on the Lord.  Trust in the Lord.



2 Responses to “Lessons from Elijah’s God.”

  1. Tim Kurek Says:

    Great blog… Such an encouragement! I will definitely keep up with you on here.

    I just wrote a blog called “Your Best Lie Now” and I would really appreciate if you would check it out and let me know what you think. And comment if you have anything to add.

    Your Friend,
    Tim Kurek

  2. jennifer l. Says:

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