First of all; I need to thank Melanie over at Life is Only a Breath for the button she made for me for my word of the year (on right of blog). Thanks Melanie.
Second of all; I'm going to be writing a series of posts over the next few days; this is part one of four.
After I posted my word of the year (patience), I was reading in the Bible the following day and this story with Elijah jumped out at me, though I had read it many a time before (that's what I love about the word of God, it is alive and always I learn something new from it).
Anyway, after I studied it a bit more, it seemed so relevant to what is going on in my life so I'm going to share it here. It will be too long to do in one post, so that's why I'm breaking it up like this.
Part One: Waiting
Part Two: Acting
Part Three: Sharing
Part Four: Applying
So, here's Part One:
1 Kings 17:1 Now Elijah the Tishbite from Tishbe in Gilead said to Ahab "As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.
Elijah has announced there will be a drought sent from God as basically punishment to the Israelites because they keep worshipping false gods and not keeping God's commandments.
1 Kings 17:2-3 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah. "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there".
God told Elijah what would happen where he should go, how his needs would be met.
1 Kings 17:5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine east of the Jordan and stayed there.
Here's what jumped out at me.
HE STAYED THERE. He was patient, waiting for God. He didn't move until God told him to - and God provided bread and meat in the morning and night and he drank water from the brook (verse 6).
God provided. God met his needs. Elijah obeyed, stayed, waited until God told him what to do and where to go next.
Elijah was patient.
Lord, help me to me like Elijah. I'm waiting here Lord, my needs are being met, help me to be patient and not take matters into my own hands, like Elijah could have, but he chose to trust your word and stay put until you told him what to do next. Help me to do the same.
(part two in a few days)
(I promise, it will all tie together)
(its okay if you have don't comment on these; just "setting the stage" for the "grand finale" in part four )