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I Kings 19:4-8

John 3:30

Elijah sat underneath of a juniper tree begging The Lord to take his life. He was overcome with emotion. He was tired of running. He didn’t enjoy the solitarily that came with serving God. He wanted nothing more for himself than death.

Then God sent an angel. The angel told Elijah to arise and eat. On the nearby rock bread had been provided. Also near him was water to drink.

Elijah followed the angel’s command even though he knew it went directly against his prayer. He knew the food and water would nourish him. By eating and drinking it he was showing God that he would follow the divine plan for his life rather than to succumb to his own desires.

Elijah decided to allow God’s will abound in him.

How about you? Are you denying yourself, allowing only Jesus full reign in your life?

You Can’t Outdo God

I Kings 3:13

II Kings 4:1-7

“All I have is one pot of oil. I have been left with a huge debt and creditors are at my door threatening to take my two sons. My husband just died and I am at a loss as to what I am supposed to do.”

Elisha looked at the widowed mother.

“Go borrow as many vessels as you can. Empty them out. Get your two sons, go in the house and shut the door. Then take your one pot of oil and start pouring it into the empty vessels.”

“Bring me another one!” the widowed woman said to her son.

“Momma, we don’t have anymore empty vessels left. They’re all full.”

The widowed woman went to Elisha and told him of the miracle that had just taken place at her house.

“Go, sell the oil, pay off your debt and live with your children in rest.”

The profit made on the oil was more than enough to provide for the woman and her sons comfortably.

Yet had there been more pots there still would’ve been more oil.

Because you can’t outdo Jesus. The blessings He pours out on us will always exceed our expectations.

Neighbors

Ephesians 4:12

Hiram, king of Tyre, had just learned that Solomon had been anointed king of Israel. Immediately he sent word to Solomon. He offered his congratulations, spoke highly of his father, David, and made known that he would be there for him in any way that he could.

Solomon asked if Hiram would provide the lumber for the house of God. Hiram graciously agreed that he would.

Perhaps you’re an older Christian. You could be likened to Hiram. Hiram sought out Solomon, a new king, to offer what he had to him. As an older Christian you should be seeking out younger Christians to help them on their walk with The Lord. Jesus has provided you with wisdom, experience and endurance. Share it with someone new.

Maybe you’re like Solomon. He had just begun his reign as King of Israel. You’ve just started your journey with Jesus. Solomon was willing to take Hiram up on his offer to help. If an older Christian offers their help, like Hiram did for Solomon, be willing to take it. Learn from the people that God has placed in your life.

So are you a seasoned Christian that can be of help to a new convert? Or are you recently born again, in need of guidance?

Open your eyes to the Christians around you and be ready and willing to grow in Jesus. You may be the Hiram in somebody’s life. Or you may be the Solomon. Regardless we are in this journey with Jesus together.

Redeeming the Time

Psalm 27:14

Elijah was a prophet of God. He walked in the ways of The Lord. He kept the commandments. God was able to use him because of his willingness and obedience to the will of The Lord.

One day Elijah made an announcement: “there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

Immediately after Elijah had made this declaration he began waiting upon The Lord to give him the word to pray for rain.

In the meantime he lived near a brook where birds fed him…he took part in the resurrection of a small boy…he disproved the prophets of Baal by the power of God…he lead an entire nation back to God…

All of this happened as he waited on God.

Elijah had continued to work for The Lord as he waited on His direction. He probably never imagined that it would be three years before God would have him to pray for rain…but that’s how long it was and Elijah was a faithful servant through it all.

You too should be about The Lord’s business as you wait upon Him. Continue to do His will in your life. Don’t come to a halt as you wait for Him to answer prayers.

Work while you wait.

Neighborhood Watch

Luke 6:38

Elisha, a man of God, traveled through Shunem often. A woman, also of God, noticed this. She fed him on each of his journeys as he passed through. Because of these meals she was able to get to know Elisha. She perceived that he was a man of God, a fellow believer.

Elisha continued to travel through Shunem. The woman wanted to do more than just provide a meal for him. She spoke to her husband about making a place for him to stay when he passed by. So they did. They made him a room with a bed and a table. Now when Elisha would travel through Shunem he knew that in addition to being fed he would also have a place to stay.

The woman had been such a blessing to Elisha. Her generosity made his traveling easier, less stressful. In return of her kindness Elisha wanted to be a blessing to the Shunamite woman.

He blessed the barren woman with a child.

Look for ways to be a blessing to your brethren…doing so will start a chain reaction of blessings from the Father.

He’s Already There

Proverbs 3:5-6

Two mothers stood before King Solomon. These mothers shared a lot in common. They lived together. They delivered their babies within days of one another. And they both gave birth to baby boys.

King Solomon listened to their story: One of the babies had been suffocated in the middle of the night. Both mothers were claiming the living child.

King Solomon announced his decision: “Bring me a sword. Divide the baby in two. Give each mother a half of the baby.”

The woman whose son had died agreed with the idea of slaying the living infant. The mother of the living son broke down in tears. She begged King Solomon to not kill the baby but to give it to the other woman.

“Give the baby to her. Don’t slay it. She is the mother.”

The living mother rejoiced. King Solomon had judged correctly.

Previously King Solomon had been given the opportunity to ask for anything he wanted from The Lord. Riches. Honor. Anything. But he asked for an understanding heart to judge the people of God.

When the two women approached King Solomon he had to rely on The Lord to show him the truth. It seems so simple reading the story. But to actually be sitting in King Solomon’s position would’ve been very difficult. He didn’t have any idea who the living child’s mother was. He trusted that The Lord was leading him in making the correct decision.

Perhaps slaying the living child seemed a bit far fetched to King Solomon. Maybe he wondered if that would really work. But if he did doubt The Lord he didn’t allow his opinion to override the divine direction. And because he trusted The Lord’s plan he was able to correctly identify the mother of the living child.

King Solomon had every opportunity to deny the wisdom of The Lord and come up with a plan of his own. But he didn’t. He trusted in Him instead.

Trust Jesus. He knows all of the factors. He knows how people will react. He knows what the outcome will be. Don’t try to come up with a better plan. Trust the One who has it already figured out.

Really?

Romans 8:28

A widow woman was facing a trying time. She was the sole provider for herself and her son. And she was living in a drought. She was down to the end of her supply. She had gathered two sticks and was going home to make the last meal.

On her way home she met Elijah, the man of God who had prophesied the drought. He asked her for some water. As she turned to go get it he also asked her to make him some food. She argued that she and her son were on the brink of death and that she had only enough ingredients for one last meal.

There was no way that the three of them could be sustained with the amount of food that was left. Elijah’s response: Don’t worry. Go on and make the meal. Just let me eat first then you and your son can eat. God will bless you for taking care of me. You’ll have enough ingredients to get you through the drought.

She did it. She went and made the meal and served Elijah first. And The Lord blessed her just as Elijah said He would.

Have you ever been in that place where the situation didn’t seem like it could get any worse just find out that it could? You had been asked to do the impossible and if you accepted the challenge you would be blessed. But everything in you was telling you to just go find your own way and you’d figure out the details later.

God sees the situations we are in. He knows how difficult they are for us. But, He, in His infinite wisdom also sees an opportunity to strengthen us, to grow us. If we are willing to go along with His plan, no matter how outlandish it may seem the blessings will flow.

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