Elijah could not claim any royal heritage. He seems to be an unknown from the mountains of Tishbe. He does not record any prominent spiritual heritage, but like the Spirit of John the Baptist, came bellowing like a bull of the wilderness.
Though he was seemingly unknown by society, he was definitely not unknown of God! Many of God’s most greatly used servants are not from places of renown, but from minute unheard of places who come forth to shake great cities and countries.
Like David, the ruddy complexioned youth of Jesse, he was singled out for the great tasks that God had for him. Humanly speaking, he seemed to be especially gifted.
James 5:17 records that Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
How could Elijah boldly stand before the King Ahab, unafraid for his life, and declare that judgement was about to fall? Because he had been n fervent effectual prayer before the God of Power! Elijah means ‘God is my strength’ and the God of Elijah is the same God who empowers us, but not without effectual fervent prayer!
James 5:15 reads this way: ‘The continuing red hot prayer of a man made righteous accomplishes a great work!’ We can say like Elijah that our strength is in the Lord! It is also true that we can say that our peace, joy and power is in the Lord!
Notice however that Elijah’s name means God is my strength. Wouldn’t it be much better if we did place God at the first in claiming His wonderful blessings.
Instead of saying my strength, power, joy and peace is from God to first of note that He stands forth first. In other words, when you say God is my strength, joy, peace, you place God at the forefront instead of last. It is so much better that not ‘my’ by placing God before all else.
When I say ‘God is’ and envision that indeed He is. When I think first of God, then immediately I know the greatness of my God and the glorious power, peace, strength and joy He gives me every day! —
To be continued