BIBLE READING: 1KINGS 18:20-40
Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and he ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. 1Kings 18:41-46(NKJV)
We have read of men in the Bible who did really mighty things in their time, they would so much as decree a thing and it will come to pass. We can say they were God’s generals if we may.
There were men like Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Elijah, Paul etc., all God’s battle axes. However, one thing in common with all these men and us is that we are all fallible, mortal and limited human beings working in partnership with God. In Exodus 3:11, it was written of Moses, But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
1 Samuel 17:45-47 says; Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
To exhort us, Apostle James wrote of Elijah in James 5:17(AMP); Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].
Having seen these, we wonder why we are unable to do the same things or obtain the same results that these men obtained. What makes these men different from us?
Heavenly Father, thank You for using us in spite of our weaknesses. Quicken us with Your Word, quicken our spirits by Your Spirit and set us on fire for You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.