Topic: God Needs Genuine Prophets!
Opening Prayer: Open my eyes O Lord that I might behold wondrous things from your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: 1 Kings 17:1-24
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• What is God revealing to me in this passage?
INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 17-22
Read the preamble to this portion of the history of Israel from 1 Kings 16:29-34. In Chapters 17-22, we shall see some parallels between then and now in our contemporary Africa. Many of the countries are under the rulership of evil men and women who could be described as Ahabs. We shall observe and learn from the attendant problems and the challenges they pose to the body of Christ. It is our prayer that God shall raise for Himself and the integrity of His name and His Church, men and women who understand Him and shall ‘roll up their sleeves’ and face the challenges head-on.
When evil reigns in any community, country or continent, the first thing God looks for is not a reformed economic policy, or powerful politicians. We never heard of Elijah before this time, and neither do we have an account of his genealogy (read v.1 again). But God chose him to deliver His message at this time because of his faithfulness to God and dedicated service (v.1).
Many of the ‘men of God’ we have today are interested in serving their own selfish ambitions, caring less about the people of God they are called to lead. We need men of God who serve God (v.1), know His Word and hear His instructions clearly on daily basis (vs.2-7). Such people can speak the truth in love and help expose sin. Take time to reflect on the encounter between Elijah and the widow in vs.9-15.
Our God is able to meet our needs in unexpected ways. We only must always rely on Him. “There will be no dew or rain during the next few years …” (v.1b) was the surest way to let King Ahab and the people know that God was supreme over Baal. They considered Baal the god of rain and great harvest.
Have faith in God because He is supreme, and our sufficiency comes from Him alone (2 Peter 1:3)!
• And so? God is urgently looking for people who would help transform the lives of many with His Word!
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Here am I, send me Lord!
• Pray for Human Rights organizations to take interest in the persecution of Christians.
Offer A Prayer of Faith in Line With: 3 John 2;Psalms 135-136; 2 Cor. 11:1-15
Scripture Union Daily Guide 1 September 2021. Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God