Tuesday: June 9, 2020
Reference text: 1 Kings 17:7-16
1 Kings 17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
When individuals become the initiators of trouble, the organisations they represent take a step back and give them up to face the consequences of their actions. Elijah proclaimed a shutting up of the heavens, declaring that there would be no rain until he had said so. He had created chaos in the entire land but what does God do? He honours this word and even goes further to direct him towards the brook of Cherith where he was nourished with food brought by ravens.
And when the waters of the brook dried up, Elijah was sent to Zeraphath so he could remain fed and it is interesting that he found the widow at the gate of the town. Therefore, without having to step more than few metres into the city, he found the helper God had promised. These happenings in his life were no ordinary coincidences, they were testament of a kind of walk with God and that was what came to mind as I read the text.
Scripture presents different individuals in unique light by virtue of their journey with God: Moses spoke to God as a friend does, Abraham journeyed with Him on the basis of a lasting covenant and Samuel was a prophet whose every word came to pass. As for the prophet Elijah, he walked with a degree of knowledge and an air of authority that was extraordinary.
So it laid this question on my heart ‘What kind of walk do we have with God?’ What kind of journey are we on with Him? The kind where we know he always has our back, that we are always in safe hands and our destinies and futures are secured? Or the kind of walk where each step is filled with apprehension, doubt and fear? What kind of walk do you have with God?