God has a purpose, a divine purpose resting behind every event in life. Many times we do not realize it till we look back and see God’s hand working, protecting and guiding us. Why did we meet this person, why did we end up at this church, at this fellowship, at this function in the body of Christ.
So now look at a few events in the Bible about Elijah.
Sea of Galilee, Israel
It was not what Elijah did, but who he was that is most significant. People love the story of the burnt sacrifice and how God proved that Jehovah is God. But the real significance of Elijah’s life and ministry is that he is a man who was available for whatever the Lord wanted to do. He followed The Lord, or to use a hard term for many “He Obeyed The Lord“. Elijah was a person what followed the Lord. Again not what he did, but that what he did was what the Lord was doing.
Even thought Elijah’s Prayer was wonderful, yet he is a person the Lord could use in any situation. Elijah prayed and the rain stopped, Elijah prayed and the rain came. The Lord could use him in any direction. Elijah could be used by God even when the direction or plans seem to change.
He did not stick to a program, but was available in many situations. I am not saying we should not have programs, but what if the Lord adjusts it or suspends it for a time, or sometimes terminates it?
Elijah is mentioned a few times in the New Testament, but not even mentioned in the great chapter on faith in Hebrews 11.
One day Jesus took a few disciples (Peter, James and John) to a high mountain, perhaps it was mount Hermon in northern Israel.
Mount Bachelor, Oregon
And there appeared with Jesus two people from the Old Testament: Moses and Elijah. These two represented the Law and the prophets. But why not Samuel, I always personally thought Samuel should be the top represented prophet, but God choose Moses and Elijah to appear with Jesus.
The two were talkng to Jesus, Luke says they were talking about Jesus’ death.
Then Peter had a “great idea”, no it was a “bad idea”. Peter wanted to build a great monument to all three people: Jesus, Moses ands Elijah. So the Father started to speak from heaven saying “This is my son, Hear Him“. We should never get distracted from Jesus.
All these events and activities have a divine purpose. These all show we need to follow Jesus and not be distracted by other things. We need to follow Him.