The Days of Elijah (4 of 11)
Series: Patriotic and Special Occasions
1 Kings 17:1; 18:36-39; James 5:17-18
May 13, 2005
I am grateful for the opportunity to share in this special occasion. I have long respected the work of Central Christian College. I especially value the opportunity I have had for the last few years to work in the class room. I have never failed to be impressed with the caliber of students I meet here. I often feel like that Grandpa who was shaving one morning as his grandson looked on. Out of the blue the little lad asked, "Did God make you, Grandpa?" "Yes, God made me," the grandfather answered. The boy thought for a while. A few minutes later, he asked, "Did God make me too?" "Yes, He made you too," Granddad replied. The little guy studied his grandpa's and then his own face in the mirror. At last he spoke up. "You know, Grandpa," he said, "God's doing a lot better job lately."
As I reflect on my student years way back when and then look at this graduating class, I too must say, "God is sure doing a lot better job lately!"
There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who make things happen. Those who watch things happen. And those who sit back and wonder what happened!
Elijah was a man who made things happen! The prophet's shadow looms large across the pages of Scripture. Elijah steps on to the stage of history as a defiant rebel proclaiming truth to power. Years later his ministry ends with a fiery chariot ride to heaven. But his legacy continued. Elisha picked up the mantel and the spirit of Elijah. Other Hebrew prophets would be measured by his standard. Malachi ends with the promise-"See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful Day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Mal. 4:5-6). The New Testament begins with the birth of the "one like Elijah." It is Elijah who stand ...
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