This sermon is part of the sermon series "First Things First". See series.
Many people who study the times say that there isn't much we can trust today. Andy Crouch put it this way in Christianity Today:
The emptiness under our feet is promises that were not kept and never will be—promises to balance the budget, to attend our violin recital, to have and to hold from this day forward, to teach us the difference between good and evil.
"Promises that were not kept and never will be": those are haunting words. Who can you trust today? Scandals in both of the major political parties shatter our trust in the truthfulness of elected officials. In almost every area of life—the government, family, and church—promises have been broken. The story of Elijah doesn't teach us to trust everyone, but it doesn't tell us to trust no one. Elijah trusted God so much so that he said to the king, "You go your way; I'll go God's way."
The background of 1 Kings is a dark time in the history of God's people. Ahab was king in Israel, and he was the most evil king the nation had ever had. His wife, Jezebel, was, perhaps, even worse. The nation had turned away from God and begun worshiping a false, pagan god called Baal, with rituals that mixed sexual aggression and perversion with horrible cruelty and violence. God brought light in those dark times through a man named Elijah, a prophet. In the Bible, a prophet does not primarily foretell the future, but is a man to whom God speaks personally and reveals his will for his people.
Elijah appears in 1 Kings 17:1 without much introduction. He is described simply as Elijah the Tishbite. We don't know anything of significance about Tishbe, but we know that Elijah's name is significant. It means, "Yahweh is my God." Elijah's name itself was a challenge ...
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