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1 Kings 17-19


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                              
Thru the Bible in a Year
       At the end of chapter 16, Ahab becomes king of Israel and will rule for 22 years.  He is described as the most evil of all those who came before him.  When he openly adopted Baal as his god, his alienation from the true God became complete. 
       Now one of the Old Testament’s greatest prophets appears:  Elijah.  His name means The LORD is my God and he comes on the seen prophesying a drought and famine, which, when they subsequently occur, serve to authenticate Elijah’s calling from God.
       We are introduced to this prophet through his prophesy regarding Israel, and his miraculous intervention on behalf of a widow and her son who dies and then is brought back to life by God in response to Elijah’s prayer.
       Later, on Mount Carmel, one of the strongholds of Ahab’s pagan god, Baal,
Elijah challenges Baal’s prophets to prove his existence by calling down fire from heaven on an offering in plain site of everyone.  After they fail, Elijah pours water over his own offering to make sure there is no doubt, then prays to God, and fire consumes the offering the wood on which it rests and even the surrounding stones!  As a result, the people execute Baal’s prophets as false and turn to Elijah. 
       The man of God must still flee for his life, because Ahab’s wife Jezabel is furious that her religious leaders have died through Elijah’s efforts.  God appears to His prophet on Mount Sinai, and after restoring his confidence sends him back to Israel to represent Him.
       God is able to defend His name and He does.  Have you ever found yourself on the wrong side of God’s will?  More to the point, have you ever found yourself in some jeopardy because you followed God’s directions? 
       We are not always rewarded with human praise for our faithfulness to God.  Never the less, God never forgets or deserts us; therefore we can have confidence in the face of opposition, hope in the face of apparent defeat, and a spirit of expectancy at what God will do next to accomplish His plan. 
       We are never alone as we walk with God; neither are we ever at the mercy of circumstances or individuals who claim to control them.  God is in charge.  Things are always better than they look, and we can be sure that in the end God will triumph, even if our own situation becomes troubled for a while.
       Today, ask yourself:  “In what area of my life do I need to trust God more?”  Tell Him you want to; He will help you!       

A. Eugene Pearson 2011