Some days I feel like I need a miracle. A fire lighting up my world to reassure me that God is there. A message from heaven that God has heard me. 2015 was not so stellar of a year. It was a combination of moments and days that strung together to bring a whole lot of heart ache. But even through that, I knew that God was with me. That he is faithful, no matter my circumstance or the circumstance of the world around me. So many times it felt like this world was falling apart from violence and strife and I know for so many the wonder of just where God was circled through their minds and hearts.
I have to think that’s how Elijah felt. His world was crumbling. Here he was, a man of the Lord and yet those who were supposed to be his people had been massacred. His son had died. Then God sends him to Tishbe to tell the king that there would be drought on their land because of their wicked ways. This sort of puts a price on his head. But then God sends him the the desert and provides. He had sent the ravens to feed him and a brook to give him water. God had sent him to Zarephath and provided oil and flour to a widow so that they both could eat. God then raised the widow’s son from the dead and she finally believed. When Elijah comes back to the king he is taunted and ridiculed, slander against God running rampant. But Elijah was faithful, and he built and alter to God and prayed.
I think one of the things I love most about this passage is what Elijah says. He’s not begging God to show some small signal. He’s asking for the hearts of the people to be turned back. Elijah is asking for big. He’s asking for a miracle. And God shows up. Big. Because God loves his people. Even when we turn away from him. Even when we break all the rules and let our will do the talking. God still pursues us. He sends down a fire from heaven so big is eats up the water-logged alter.
Are you waiting for your fire from heaven? For the sign that God is here, that he’s near, that he’s listening to your prayer? We may not see a fire from heaven rain down in our own lives, but I can tell you that God is here. He provides as he did for Elijah. He shows up for the world to see, if we have eyes to see it. And our world needs to see him. Would you pray that with me today?
Father God, who provides for his faithful, let us be examples of you in the world, that the world might see you. Bring the hearts of your people back to you. Let your Kingdom come.
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