THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Bill & John met for lunch on the first day of school.
Bill said, “Last night I dreamed we took a vacation and went to Six Flags.”
John said, “Yes. Last night I dreamed we took a vacation and went to Disney World.
We rode all the rides, got ice-cream, and saw Minnie and Mickey.”
Bill said, “Wow! Why didn’t you call me!”
John said, “I did. But your Mom said you had gone to Six Flags!”
1 Kings 19:1-4
1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
Elijah had been the most prominent prophet of the time.
He had publicly announced there would be no rain until he said so, according to God’s Word.
Then, Elijah had gone to the “brook Cherith” (1Kings 17:5) to wait.
God fed him there; but, the brook dried up.
God provided Elijah with a place to stay in Zarepath (1Kings 17:9).
There, Elijah performed the first “mouth to mouth” resuscitation (1Kings 17:18-22).
Upon God’s Word, Elijah returned to Israel and met with 850 prophets of baal on Mt. Carmel.
Elijah challenged them to call upon their god and send fire to consume the sacrifice.
For seven hours they called; but, nothing happened.
Then, Elijah called upon God ONCE!
God sent fire and burned the sacrifice.
Elijah had lived a “technicolor dream!”
However, the next day, Ahab’s wife Jezebel, sent Elijah a note saying she would kill him (see verse 2 above).
Elijah’s “technicolor dream” turned to “black and white!”
He was tired and afraid.
He went out into the wilderness, and told God: “It’s enough, take my life!”
Elijah was GIVING UP!
But God SHOWED UP! (1Kings 19:12)
God sustained him, and gave him more work to do!
What do you do when your “technicolor dreams” turn to “black and white?”
Go to God in prayer!
He will SHOW UP!
He will sustain you!