Thank you for entrusting your kids to us this week! Not only will your kids get to have fun during crazy theme days, but also their counselors will spend intentional time with them while studying the life of Elijah. We will focus on the principles of identity, faithfulness, and obedience.
We hope that you will be able to follow our blogs during this week to connect with your camper and have intentional conversations about what they are learning through the life of Elijah.
This morning, we spent time meeting new friends and our counselors. We also were introduced to the story of Elijah – one of the most interesting and colorful of all biblical characters because of his faithfulness and obedience to the Lord.
Elijah was a prophet of God whose name means, “my God is Jehovah.” Because Elijah was at times bold and decisive and at other times fearful and tentative, we have much to learn from him.
Let’s jump right into his story.
So, the story of Elijah starts like this – He was a nobody from nowhere. That is how the world viewed Elijah, but God saw him differently. God had other plans for Elijah. And as we will come to see, Elijah stands before Ahab the King of Israel!
Now, Ahab ruled in Samaria over Israel for twenty-two years and committed more evil than any other king before him. It was a pretty bold move for Elijah to come before the most evil king to have ever ruled. And yet, Elijah followed the Lord’s leading.
He delivered the message that through the Lord’s power, it would not rain a drop of water on the land until he allows it. This was a pretty bold move because Ahab believed the false god, Baal, was the god of weather and was omnipotent.
Elijah stood up in front of the most powerful and evil king in the land and basically told him that his god was a joke. For some reason, Ahab spared Elijah’s life. After delivering the message, Elijah followed God’s instruction to go live by a small brook called Cherish. God said to Elijah,
Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.
1 Kings 17:3-4
So, this is just the beginning of Elijah’s story. God does so much more through his life. We are excited to continue to learn about the principles of identity, faithfulness, and obedience.
We encourage you to read through the short passage below, and talk with your camper about what it means to trust God and follow His leading.
Read: 1 Kings 17:1-7
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
- What is one area of your life where you need to trust God like Elijah did?
- Most of us probably don’t have carved images of manmade gods, but what is something that can take God’s place in your life if you’re not careful?
- Elijah did the things that God was leading him to do. How can you know what God is leading you to do?
Ask God to give you boldness and faith to live a life that doesn’t always seem to make sense. Pray that He would give you a sense to seek truth and follow it. Thank God that He is better and bigger than anything in our lives. Ask that He would teach you to be bold and to recognize His direction for you.