Today’s Tasting: 1 Kings 17–19
Wow, there is so much in today’s reading. I love Elijah and the confidence and determination he showed. I love that Obadiah hid and saved a hundred prophets from Jezebel. I love that Elijah called down fire from heaven. I even love how he killed all the prophets of Baal.
Today’s Nourishment: Elijah commanded the rain, he lived off food of the ravens, he ate the food of angels. God moved through Elijah and provided a constant supply of food for the widow. Many times in my married life we have lived as the widow, trusting in God for our provision. I think it’s the other times, when we think we have it all covered on our own, that might make God sad. He loves to provide for us and give us our daily needs. He wants to be our provider and our source.
When Elijah prayed for the widow’s son to be raised from the dead, he had to pray three times. We might have had the nerve to pray once, “Lord heal this boy.” But would we have had the faith to continue to pray three times for him to be healed? Or would our faith have waivered?
I find it funny that King Ahab calls Elijah the troubler of Israel, when it was his wife Jezebel who had destroyed the prophets of the Lord. It shows that when men cast insults at you, they might just be projecting their own sins onto you. Elijah also makes me laugh when he mocks the false prophets of Baal, “maybe your god is asleep.”
But even after God allows Elijah to do all these amazing things, Elijah fears for his life and flees from Jezebel. How many times has God done miraculous things in our own lives then the next day we are hiding in fear? Father, help us remember your faithfulness and your power.
Tomorrow’s Delight: 1 Kings 20–21
Kelly Quinn, South Carolina, mom of seven