I read recently that violence on television is at an all-time high. Then, of course, there is all the sexual perversion. Then, in addition to everything else, it seems like people are going out of their way to get God out of our culture. Not only do they want to elevate perversion, but they want to demote God. They want Him out of the picture—out of everything for that matter.
This can be very discouraging to us as Christians. We can be tempted to think, Well, really there is no hope. There is nothing the church can do and there is certainly nothing that I can do.
But I want you to know that is simply not true. In 1 Kings 17, we find the story of one man who lived at a time in
For more than 100 years,
It was into this wicked moral climate that God’s man, Elijah, burst on the scene: “Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in
How was he able to take such a bold step? Because he knew God, first of all. Elijah, in contrast to Ahab and Jezebel and most of
Secondly, Elijah was a man of prayer. James 5:17 tells us, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months” (NKJV).It was Elijah’s prayer in private that was the source of his power in public.
Third, Elijah faithfully delivered the message. And it was not an easy message God had given him to deliver. He wasn’t even able to offer any hope. But Elijah delivered God’s message, and he delivered it in its entirety.
Lastly, Elijah was a man of faith and obedience. He faithfully delivered the message to Ahab and Jezebel, but then God told him to go disappear for the next three years. So for three years, Elijah disappeared into obscurity. God would eventually use him to challenge the prophets of Baal on
Maybe you are in a place right now where the Lord is telling you to step forward. Or maybe He is telling you to step back. Maybe He is telling you to speak up. Or maybe He is telling you to be quiet and just obey.
May God help us to be like Elijah—not a perfect person, not a flawless person, but a godly person. And may God use us to be people who will affect our generation—people who will make a difference.
Reproduced by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie,