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There Is A Little Of Elijah In All Of Us

by Rik Charbonneaux  
10/16/2017 / Christian Living


"A man like unto you and I" -James 5:17 NIV

Elijah's personal description has been well received by all ages: very athletic, extremely loyal to our God and he always said what he meant. Like Elijah, as believers we are sometimes loved and sometimes hated for our devotion to the Lord Jesus at a time when very few of the haughty care to hear anything of the Good News. Although Elijah allowed fear to interrupt his prophetic mission one time, he always responded to God's corrective explainations and then he would go forth both fearless and revitalized, always believing that God's promised action would come about. An example of this devotion was Elijah's praying for rain during an extended drought, absolutely expecting it to happen as he knew it would serve to gain the attention of kings and nations. James called Elisha the Tishbite "a human being, just like us" [James 5:17 NIT], and there is a little of that "Elijah" kind of personality in all of us during personal trials.

Like Elijah, we put our faith in God's promises and explainations, knowing we are loved by Him. We too occasionally fail and seek out that little tree along the river under which there is shade and rest, with water to be had from the stream and food given by ravens. We don't stay there for long because God wants us to be resolute in our service to Him, to be an example of His determined and elected people. Elijah was challenged with "why are you here" [instead of being out there on God's given task] and, after adequate Divine explaination, he was further challenged with "why are you still here?", which got him back on that task with vigor! Like Elisha, we too are challenged and are observed in how we react to situations and opportunties to send forth to others what He has given to us to know. What a great honor it is to be chosen to continue message of the Gospel and of Faith's great truths and traditions, with all of us being given a measure of the same spirit given Elijah, going forth with the strength, courage and confidence that only comes from waiting upon the Lord.

 

Rik Charbonneaux is a retired NE Iowan who loves all of God's creatures.

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