November 3, 2012

15 Days on Giving

November 3 – 1 Kings 19:1-8

In today’s passage, we read: “Elijah was afraid.” It is hard to believe that the man who stood before 450 prophets of Baal and was able to bring down the fire of God upon his command would be afraid of anyone, but apparently Queen Jezebel must have been one scary woman. Scary enough to make one of the most powerful prophets in the Bible turn tail and run wanting to completely give up. The following is an excerpt from Warren Weirsbe’s commentary on the book of 1 Kings, Be Responsible:

It encourages me when I read James 5:17: “Elijah was a man just like us.” Most people have a tendency to idealize the men and women in Scripture, but the Bible is the “word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and describes the warts and wrinkles of even the greatest. An old adage reminds us, “The best of men are but men at their best,” and Elijah’s history proves how true this is. However, the outstanding leaders in Scripture, with all their humanness, knew how to find their way back on track with the Lord. We can learn from their defeats as well as their successes. Furthermore, by studying passages like 1 Kings 19, we are reminded to give glory to the Master and not to his servants (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).