There is no one holy like the LORD, there is no God besides Him (1 Sam. 2:2)–this is essentially the theme of the prophet Elijah’s life. In my previous post, we saw Elijah fearlessly confronting a nation that had fallen deep into idolatry and a king who had married a pagan woman and sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Elijah stood before Ahab and said, “As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” This was a message of judgment upon the nation of Israel for forsaking the LORD, but it was also a claim that the LORD is God and Baal is not. Baal was a fertility God to whom the Phoenecians would pray to bring the early and late rains that would provide the necessary moisture for the harvest each year. Elijah was proclaiming that God would withhold that which the Israelites were trusting Baal to provide, proving that He alone is God and there is none like him.
And the Word of the LORD came to Elijah and without complaint or question, he goes to the brook Cherith where God says ravens would feed him. Further, through Elijah, God displays his glory at Zarephath in miraculously providing for him and for the widow by giving her continual supply of oil and flour–saving them from starvation during the drought. Further, God displayed his power over death by soveriegnly allowing the death of her son so that through Elijah’s prayer, the LORD might display His glory in raising her son from the dead. God poured out his grace on this widow and the result was that this Gentile widow believed in Yahweh. This is seen in her confession upon seeing her son raised from the dead, she says, “now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” I don’t know why God would miraculously provide for this widow and her son, saving them from starvation only to allow the young boy to fall sick and die, but I its apparent that God often does such things to display his power over all things, to show that He is God and there is no one like Him. To display his glory in pouring out grace on the least likely of people-a gentle widow in a pagan country.
Indeed much of the suffering in our lives has a similar affect-we don’t know why we must face it or why God would sovereignly allow us to suffer such pain, but we know that God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). The reality that God works all things together for his glory is a reality that ought to consume us. It ought to be our one driving passion. It is a reality that can see us through any tragedy, any trial, any circumstance because no matter what happens in our lives, Christ is LORD and if you are a Christian, He has given you the greatest treasure known to man-He has given you fellowship with God! The apostle Paul once said, “I count all things loss compared to the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ the Lord” (Phil. 3:8). There is nothing greater than the LORD and he has graciously decided to show us His grace in Christ to the praise of his glorious grace (Eph 2:7). There is no greater truth to give your life to than the reality that “this Jesus is both Lord and Christ!”
Elijah was mastered by this reality, he gave his life for to spread this truth-to spread a passion for the glory of God–that the LORD, Yahweh, the God of Israel, He is God and there is no one like Him. There is no other God. Elijah prayed with this truth at the forefront of his mind. He acted on this truth holding fast to the great God who is glorious above all things and works all things for his supreme glory. When He hears God’s Word he doesn’t ask questions, he doesn’t deliberate with God, he simply goes in obedient faith. When God is gracious to Elijah and answers his prayer, Elijah puts his head between his knees in humble worship.