This is my fourth year going through the entire Bible in a year. Many people think that the Bible is boring and doesn’t apply to today’s circumstances but I would have to disagree. Each year that I read it, I see it completely different and I’m able to apply it in a way that I had never thought of before. I’ve been reading about the prophet Elijah over the last week and I’ve learned a few things from his life that I would like to share because I believe we can also apply them to our lives.
Help Can Come In A Way That You Least Expect
In 1 Kings 17:2-4, we see that God instructs Elijah to hide in the Kerith Ravine and he will drink from the brook and the ravens will bring him food. It took a lot of faith to believe that God would provide for Elijah in this way. In verses 5 and 6, we see that Elijah obeyed and that the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and also in the evening. What’s interesting about this is not just that the ravens brought the prophet food, but that ravens were considered unclean and all of this took place during old testament times.
How many times do we disregard people or things because we are too focused on the wrong things? Perhaps we know somebody with a not so great past or do things that we don’t agree with. Does that mean that we should cast that person out for the rest of his or her life? We see numerous examples where God uses unlikely people for His purpose: the prostitute Rahab to help the Israelites conquer Jericho, the murderer and adulterer King David in which Christ would later descend from, and the Apostle Paul who used to persecute early Christians but would later become one of the key people to spread the Gospel to Gentiles. Perhaps that unlikely person is you and we don’t feel like God can use us because we aren’t “good enough.” This is also untrue. If God can use the people in the examples above plus numerous others, then He can use you too!
God Gives and He Takes Away
In verses 7 through 9 of 1 Kings 17, we see that the brook dried up and Elijah was instructed to go elsewhere. Why did God instruct him to go to a place and then take away his provision? I often wonder why God allowed me to move to a city where I didn’t know many people for a job and then allow that opportunity to dry up. I believe that He does things to get our attention. We can oftentimes become complacent with the way things are and it’s no longer His best for us during that time.
If the difficult situations that I faced in 2014 and 2015 hadn’t happened, I’m not so sure that I would be where I’m at right now, in Brazil doing what I truly enjoy, connecting, sharing, and encouraging all while experiencing and learning about a different culture. I would probably be doing only a few of the things that I enjoy. What negative things have happened in your life that have brought you to where you are today?
There are many other things that I see from Elijah’s life that can also be applied to our lives that will be discussed in Part 2.