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March 16, 2022 - 1 Kings 17-19

From the Elijah stories, I have these thoughts that come to me as I read, some more significant than others, I suppose. Some good lessons, though. It’s neither here nor there, but notice how abruptly Elijah shows up. Out of the blue: “Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab . . .” (17:1).

Elijah spoke truth to Ahab, and consequently found himself in hiding. It can be dangerous to stand up for the Lord.

When Elijah was hungry, the widow of Zarephath gave him the little bit of food she and her son had. In response to her generosity, the Lord kept flour in her jar and oil in her jug. They never ran out; they were just there! Generosity and unselfishness are good things. Elijah also healed her son.

The prophets of Baal destroyed on Mt. Carmel. Baal was no god! There is no other god than the God of Israel!

Elijah fled from before Jezebel. Sometimes even the strongest and most faithful of men lose faith and become frightened.

When God's own people stand in need,

His goodness will provide supplies:

Thus when Elijah faints for bread,

A raven to his succour flies.

This method may be counted strange;

But happy was Elijah's lot:

For nature's course shall sooner change,

Than God's dear children be forgot. -- John Fawcett (18th century)

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