by David Burns

Elijah: The Man, the Message
David Burns
1 Kings 17:1

Every Christian has a pulling, no matter how slight, toward serving the Lord in a powerful and effective way. Yet, so often feelings of inadequacy and inferiority squelch our desire to make a significant impact for the Lord. It is not uncommon for us to be on fire for the Lord, making a significant contribution to the Kingdom today, but burned out tomorrow.

Would you be surprised if I told you the prophet Elijah had these same struggles?

Elijah is one of the most well known people of the Old Testament. His name means ''Yahweh is my God'' in Hebrew. He did not die a normal death but was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. With a name that means ''Yahweh is my God'', and with all the wonders and miracles he performed, we would conclude that he was a spiritual giant.

However, we find Elijah to be human, experiencing times of depression and loneliness just like us. There were times he questioned his call, his work and his effectiveness for the Lord. He even wanted to die at one point. However, God intervened and refreshed Elijah as he does us as well.

The prophets spoke on God's behalf. Some spoke of future things that God would bring about, but most proclaimed the truth of God, calling the people back to a Godly life, a life of pursuing the Lord.

As we study the life of Elijah, we cannot pin down his upbringing. He seems to burst into the pages of Scripture in 1 Kings 17, confronting King Ahab over the waywardness of evil and warning of God's impending wrath.

We know nothing about Elijah's parents or his age. This is the case with most prophets. Prophets point us to God and toward Godly living. We are not to be drawn to the man but to the message of the man. This should be the same today, not only of pastors and Christian leaders, but each of us. As we proclaim the truth and lead others, we are to lead them to Christ, not to ourselves.

Elijah was never concerned about how others woul ...

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