Elijah, Just Like Us: Dealing With Needs
It may not seem like it, but Elijah was just like us. While he did extraordinary things for God, he had to deal with them in the most ordinary ways. Studying Elijah, we can learn how to navigate the things we encounter in everyday life.
Dr. Raymond Edman, in his little book, In Quietness and Confidence, writes about a godly man who faced just such a trial. This is how he met it:
He was quiet for a while with his Lord, then he wrote these words for himself: First, He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strange place: in that fact I will rest. Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child. Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow. Last, in His time He can bring me out again—how and when He knows.
Can you make these four statements?
I am here by God’s appointment
This is the statement of contentment
I am in His keeping
This is the statement of walking by faith
I am under His training
This is the statement of humility
He will show me His purposes in His time
This is the statement of submission
When you are feeling forgotten, vulnerable, helpless, or crazy, remember 1 Kings 17, Elijah’s training at Kerith Ravine and Zarephath. Write these four statements down or make them a favorite as a photo on your phone. Go to them again and again, not seeing ordinary problems that we all face, but the extraordinary potential of God’s transformational power in our lives.
These questions are meant to challenge you in each of our Four Commitments: PRAY, SPEAK, GROW, LOVE. Use these questions to further explore the message.
Pray: Sy asked the question that so many of us ask: “Who is God to me when I am nothing to Him?” Do you struggle with this question? Have you struggled with this question in your time of need? Pray and ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in the midst of your needs.
Speak: The obstacle of feeling forgotten when we are in a season of obscurity is an opportunity that God uses to break down four tough membranes of our heart: (1) Pride; (2) Fear; (3) Resentment; (4) Habit. Which one of these is God breaking down in your life right now? Share this with a trusted friend, family member, or brother and sister in Christ in order that they may walk alongside you as you work through this season of growth.
Grow: What is keeping you from believing these four statements: (1) I am here by God’s appointment; (2) I am in His keeping; (3) I am under His training; (4) He will show me His purposes in His time.
Love: How can you develop new habits that overcome your ego in order to love people who you are currently afraid to love?
SERIES READING PLAN
May 26 Dealing With Power 1 Kings 17:1-6, 18:2-15
June 2 Dealing With Needs 1 Kings 17:7-24
June 9 Dealing With Religion 1 Kings 18:16-40
June 16 Dealing With Depression 1 Kings 19:1-18
June 23 Dealing With What’s Next 1 Kings 19:19-21
June 30 Dealing With Death 2 Kings 2:1-14