Today’s message at church continued our series on Elijah. Our pastor talked about how Elijah trusted the promises of God. He told Ahab that rain was coming when there was no indication it was. Then he went away, humbled himself before the Lord, prayed (over and over), and expected God to fulfill his promise (1 Kings 18:1); which he did.
The story (1 Kings 18:41) gives us instruction on how we are to trust the promises of God.
- Separation – remove the distractions in your life and go some place where you can be alone with God
- Humility – recognize who is in control of your life; who has the power and who doesn’t have any power (1 Peter 5:6)
- Focus – zoom your thoughts and prayers in on what it is you really want
- Persistence – Keep praying. Don’t Give up.
- Expectation – Have faith. God will answer your prayer in time. Don’t try to answer it for him. Don’t try to manipulate people are you, your life, or your circumstances. You might be forfeiting something great for something right now.
Obviously, our pastor made it all sound much better than this. But this was the gist of what he shared today.
The question is whether or not you believe that God will keep his promise(s). Sometimes it is hard to see God working in our lives and we give up, thinking that God didn’t hear us, or that our request must not be worth his time. Sometimes we just assume that it wasn’t meant to be. But if we are going to God, humbling ourselves before him, focusing on our deepest desire, expecting him to follow through, and then seeking his answer to that prayer – if we do all that and that desire is still heavy on our hearts, then it is a desire given to us by the Lord, and it is a desire that he will fulfill.
I wish I fully understood God’s promises and could explain them to you in a way that made more sense. But, if I could wrap my mind around God, then he wouldn’t be much of a God.
Here are a couple of his promises:
Trust The Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Do not fear, for I, The Lord, am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
What are you trusting God for in your life?