Sunday, December 30, 2007

Elijah Guided by God

1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
2And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
6And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

1 Kings 17:1-6, King James Version

Elijah Guided by God

King Ahab continually sought to take the life of Elijah, the prophet. When God determined to bring a famine on the land, he sent Elijah to Ahab, King of Israel, with the news that there would be neither rain or dew on the land for several years.

Elijah was guided by God to bring this news to King Ahab, and then protected by God as He told Elijah to hide by the brook Cherith. The life of the Christian is often filled with turmoils, trials, and difficulties; God often leads His children on the steep and narrow path. But, with that guidance, God also provides shelter and safety from the world. It seems a contradiction that the most difficult and troublesome road is the safest and most joyous path for the Christian.

God has a specific purpose for each of His children to fulfill; it is not an easy road, but in the end, it is the most blessed road. What is your purpose as a child of God? What are your goals in life? Do the two contradict one another, or are they interwoven throughout the threads of your life.

Pray today that as you ponder Elijah, guided by God, you would also ponder your own life and your own relationship to God. Nothing in this world is of more importance than your Christian walk before the Lord of all Glory. Only in Him will you find perfect rest and perfect peace.

God Bless You,

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