Day 2 of camp was a blast! This morning, we got a ticket to Bobo’s Circus at Castle Rock County Fair! We enjoyed fun activities like a dunking booth, ring toss, tasty popcorn stand, colorful face painting, bobbing for apples, slip ‘n’ slide and so much more!
Not only did your kids have an awesome time at the County Fair, but they also learned more today about the life of Elijah. Yesterday, we discovered Elijah was just an ordinary man, however God had big plans to use him with the nation of Israel. As Elijah boldly appeared before the wicked King Ahab, he said Baal (Ahab’s god) possessed no power over rain or the growth of crops. Elijah’s uncommon boldness gives us an applicable reminder to follow Jehovah, the God who is bigger than all other manmade gods – even Baal. Because our God is all-powerful, we can follow his leading even when it might be more comfortable to stand back afraid and timid.
Read: 1 Kings 17:8-16
After Elijah had been living at the brook, Cherith, for a year and a half, the stream dried up and the Lord led him to another land called Zarephath. He obediently followed God’s command to move to a land where he would meet a woman and her son and be challenged in a new way.
While in Zarephath, Elijah met the woman whom God had commanded to provide food for him. But when he asked for some bread and water, the woman said she didn’t have a single piece of bread, only a little cooking oil and flour (1 Kings 17:12).
With the confidence that God was in control and bigger than this situation, Elijah looked at the woman and said, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!” (1 Kings 17:13-14).
For some reason, the woman trusted Elijah and she baked him some bread, then baked bread for herself and her son. Not only did she feed her family and Elijah that meal, she fed them for the next year and a half on that same food that she believed would run out after one meal.
Their faith in God’s promise to provide is astounding to read and learn about. It is a challenging reminder to examine the areas of our own lives where God has called us to step out in faith and give all we have, even when we feel that all we have to offer are empty jars needing to be filled.
Chuck Swindoll said it well,
“Elijah, this gaunt, rugged figure striding out of nowhere, suddenly stepping into the pages of history, is a clear witness of the value of one life completely committed to God. An unknown man from a backwater place, he was called to stand against evil in the most turbulent and violent and decadent of times. Look around. The need is still great, and God is still searching.”
God is searching for faithful, bold followers just like Elijah and the widow, who will give all they have in service to him. It’s important for us to ask ourselves if we are willing to give all we have to the Lord, even if it is as small as a little flour and oil or standing in front of the king.
Key Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
- What causes you to doubt like the woman first did?
- How can you overcome that doubt in your life?
- Who are three people in your life that you trust a lot? What makes you trust them so much?
- What has God done to show you that you can trust him?
Pray: Ask God to help you see His plan as both the woman and Elijah did. Pray that the Lord would help you to trust in Him and not in yourself. Thank God that He is worthy of our trust. Thank Him for being faithful and true and reliable. Ask Him to strengthen your trust in Him so that you can live an extraordinary life.