Yesterday in my sermon about Elijah and the Lord providing for him with a brook and some ravens, I brought up the thought that maybe the brook dried up because the Lord was pleased with Elijah. Perhaps the Lord was pleased with Elijah’s faith and obedience and knew he was ready for the next phase of his ministry as God’s prophet.
But, perhaps Elijah needed a little motivation to leave the comfort of the Lord’s provision. It was nice to have two meals a day delivered to him. Now it was time to move on…God had better things for Elijah.
Now consider James 1:2-5:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.
Sometimes the“pain in our lives will be used by God to motivate us to fulfill the purposes for which God created us. At first, we only want to relieve the pain (or have God relieve the pain) but after some time of sincere prayer and depending on the Lord, we begin to seek His will. One man put it this way (not sure where I got this quote): “We seek His face and not His hand.”
Sometimes God will separate us from our “old” lives so we can live a “new” life in Christ!