Elijah the Prophet
1 Kings 17 is the entrance of Elijah at the time that Ahab was the 7th king of Israel. 1 Kings 16:33 says, “…Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.”
In 17:1 Elijah declared to Ahab that there would be no rain, “…except at my word.” The Lord told Elijah to hide by a brook. Verse 4 says, “And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
The ravens brought him bread and meat until the brook dried up. Then the Lord commanded a widow to provide for him (verse 9). When he arrived at her house, she was preparing her last meal. She only had a little flour and a little oil.
Verse 14 says, “For thus says the Lord God of Israel: The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.”
Fast forward to James 5. We get a broader view of this prophet. Verses 17-18 says, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”
Keep this in your mind–Elijah had a nature like ours. Elijah confronted and killed the 450 prophets of Baal. You can read the whole story in 1 Kings 18. After that huge victory, Jezebel’s words sent him fleeing for his life. 19:4 Elijah said, “…It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life…”
Elijah was so discouraged he wanted the Lord to take him home. Yet the Lord was not finished with him. In 19:7 an angel of the Lord said, “…Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”
We often feel overwhelmed with our circumstances. David did. In 1 Samuel 30 his men were talking about stoning him. Verse 6 says, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
Whatever the Lord allows in our lives, there is a special recourse for endurance that we need to unpack. It is to be still before Him. In the stillness He restores our heart with new trust. It was the ‘still small voice’ that broke through Elijah’s depression (1 Kings 19:11-18). Praise the Lord! He is Ever Present in each and every one of our circumstances.