We’ve had such a great day today! Your campers ran around the Towers trying to defeat evil monkeys in today’s theme day, Jungle Jamboree. Crazy monkeys have taken over camp and have stolen all of the bananas out of the jungle. King Leo the lion needed campers to save the jungle! When cabins were stopped by the evil monkeys, campers pretended to be animals and tricked the monkeys into handing over the bananas. Campers were successful in saving King Leo’s jungle!
Today in Bible study we learned more about the life of Elijah!
Read: 1 Kings 18:1-19
It’s been three years since Elijah stood before King Ahab and said that it wasn’t going to rain. In those three years, not a single raindrop had fallen from the sky. All this time, Ahab was searching furiously for Elijah and was angry at the trouble that he was causing. The Lord then instructed Elijah,
Go back to talk with Ahab. Travel back and give him the news that I will send rain.
So Elijah headed out to meet with the king and along the way, he crossed paths with someone – Obadiah. Obadiah was a man that feared the Lord and was also head of Ahab’s household. Three years of no rain caused a great famine in the land and Ahab had sent Obadiah out into the land to find more food.
When Obadiah saw Elijah he nearly fainted.
“Elijah is that you? Where have you been? Ahab’s been searching everywhere for you!”
“Yes, it is,” Elijah replied. “Now go and tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.'”
Obadiah eventually relays the message to King Ahab and the king heads out to meet with Elijah. Ahab can’t believe his eyes when he arrives and sees Elijah standing right before him.
Elijah steps out of his chariot and Ahab shouts, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel? I’ve been looking for you and am ready to kill you for all the trouble you’ve caused.”
Elijah boldly contends, “I have made no trouble for Israel. You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.”
So Elijah unveils his plan and instructs the king to go and gather all of the people and have them meet him at Mount Carmel, a famous hill in the area. “Gather everyone and tell them to come to the mount. Have the prophets of Baal come and meet me on top of the mountain and…
…we will discover once and for all who God is.
What area of your life has God called you to step out in faith and face the “false prophets” and “powerful kings”? As Christians, we are not asked to live comfortable or easy lives, but according to Matthew 6:24,
Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
This week our study of Elijah’s life challenges us to live lives of boldness and faithfulness, even when challenges may come. Let’s be faithful followers of the Lord who deny ourselves and obediently pursue His leading.
Pray: Ask God to give you favor in His eyes and for Him to use you to influence those around you. Pray that God would give you the gifts that you need to fulfill His plan for your life.
Key Verse: John 8:12
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’
- What can you do to be more ready to hear God’s direction in your life?
- Name three people’s voices that you could recognize if you were blindfolded. Why do you know their voice so well?
- Is there anything in your heart holding you back from hearing God?
- Describe one area in which you think God may be trying to teach you something very important right now in your life.
Pray: Thank God for examples like Elijah and pray that He would give you faith to walk with Him in light and lead others to that light as well.