A Name That Speaks Conviction

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from the Gilead settlers, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, in whose presence I stand, there will be no dew or rain during these years except by my command!”

Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Leave here, turn eastward, and hide at the Wadi Cherith where it enters the Jordan. You are to drink from the wadi. I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.”

So he proceeded to do what the Lord commanded. Elijah left and lived at the Wadi Cherith where it enters the Jordan. The ravens kept bringing him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening, and he would drink from the wadi. After a while, the wadi dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

1 Kings 17:1-7

As Israel continues to spiral into idolatry and immorality, Elijah emerges on the scene. Even his name (literally “my God is Yahweh”) points to his ultimate mission: to reassert the divinity of Yahweh over the false gods that the kings of Israel had introduced into the land. With this matter-of-fact boldness, he approaches Ahab and announces that there will be no rain until he commands the rain to come back. Yahweh knew he needed to get Ahab’s attention and this was the way to show that He was a more powerful God than Ba’al.

In the midst of this time of trial, God miraculously provided for Elijah. We will also see other stories later where he used Elijah to provide for the needs of others affected by the drought. When their natural resources were dried up, God was able to show Himself faithful to those who were committed to Him. In some ways, this life of dependence may have reminded them of the day-to-day dependence shown by their ancestors in the wilderness wanderings.

In times of difficulty, when others are relying on their own strength and false gods, we need the conviction of Elijah that says, “my God is Yahweh and I will trust Him.” How can you grow in trust and conviction about God today?

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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