My thoughts this morning have been on how God provided for and directed Elijah—and on how He will do the same for me if I just trust Him.
For a month or so I have been reading a book about great personal evangelists—how they were always leading people to the Lord. I have a great heart to do this myself, and I have done it some—but not so much in the last few years. I want to get back at doing this, but it’s hard, and frankly, I feel rather guilty about not doing it.
Well this morning as I was reading about Elijah, how God provided for him and directed him, I believe the Lord brought some grace to me. If there ever was a man who was a man of God it was Elijah, but it seemed that he wasn’t always out winning people to God like some of the evangelists I have been reading about.
Reading from 1 Kings 17:1-24, we find that after Elijah told the wicked king Ahab that there would be no rain for a few years, God led him out to hide in the wilderness near Kerith Brook, where He would take care of Him. And he stayed there until eventually the brook dried up. And then God told him to go somewhere else—to a widow’s house. You may remember the story of how he stayed with the widow and her son, and God provided for them—miraculously.
My thoughts in reading this story was this: though many think that a spirit-filled Christian should always be out evangelizing the world, yet Elijah was for a long time just sitting communing with God and being fed by the ravens. And then he spends time with one widow and her young son—when he could have been preaching to thousands!
What I believe God has been telling me is that I should just concentrate on obeying Him moment by moment and not worry about whether I am doing enough for Him. We should just let God do the planning. He will use us the way He wants to, and He will put us where He wants us to be. We may not always be on the front lines or do the things that we think are most important. The most important thing that we should do is just be near Him and keep ourselves pure—so we will be fit and ready to do the things He wants us to do and tells us to do.