MONDAY, JUNE 20
15 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. 16 There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah. 17 Some time later the woman’s son became sick. He grew worse and worse, and finally he died.
1 Kings 17:15-17 (NLT)
GOD IS BIGGER THAN MY QUESTIONS: BLINDSIDED
Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days as a final test. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink. (Source unknown)
The dry brook was Elijah’s test; the dead boy was the widow’s test. When you serve the Lord, you are not exempt from going through difficult, horrible times. This boy who had been so miraculously fed by divine providence is suddenly cut off and dies. This blindsided the widow and Elijah. They didn’t see it coming. It must have seemed like a great contradiction to the widow and to the prophet. Great blessings are often followed by great tests.
When Mike talked about being blindsided in life, in his sermon, what came to mind for you? What were some of the questions you had for God when you got blindsided?
Thank God that you can come to Him with hard questions. Ask God to help you grow closer to Him and not farther from Him as a result of the testing seasons in your life.