“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts” (1 Chronicles 16: 8-9).
This month, I’m going to “proclaim his name” by giving you a condensed version of the miracles God performed through Elijah and Elisha. All the italicized words you’ll read are straight from the New International Version of 1 Kings 17 through 2 Kings 6. You may be thinking, “Oh, I’ve heard all this before.” Bear with me. Let these true stories settle into your mind and your spirit. Remember, and be encouraged!
Prophecy and provision (Drought, Ravens, and Endless Oil)
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” Then Elijah did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
Elijah came upon a widow who was almost out of food and told her, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
The son of a woman became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”
Why review all this?
God asks us to “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice” (1 Chronicles 16:10). I hope you will rejoice with me this week over the strength and loving power of the One we serve. And “tune in” next week for more!
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