1 Kings 16:29-34; 17

Is God your provision?

Last time we saw the division of Israel into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Fast forward to 1 Kings 16:29-34 and many ungodly kings later, and now king Ahab is on the scene. This king is the worst of the worst, and God is ready to lay the smackdown. So in 1 Kings 17 God raises up a new prophet Elijah who pronounces judgment on the kingdom of Israel in the form of a drought.

Even though this passage is about judgment and its consequences, we find beautiful pictures of Godís attributes and goodness that we can rejoice in. Alongside his righteous judgment against sin we see three other attributes on display.

First, in the judgment of drought we see that God has power over his creation. At his word he can stop the rain from falling, and with another word (as we will see soon) he can start the rains again.

Next, we see his ability to miraculously provision and grace toward his people. This is displayed in both the life of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath. God has ravens provide portions of food twice a day for Elijah in the wilderness. Then he supernaturally keeps the widowís flour & oil from running out so that she can survive the drought.

Finally, we see Godís power over death as Elijah brings the widowís son back to life. Not even death can stop this God!

Beautifully, all of this points us to Christ. It is through him that we are able to experience these same attributes. We have power over death and the grave in Christ alone. It is Christ who provides our daily bread. And it is only through Christ that we will experience the new creation, his ultimate display of power over the work of his hands!

As you read this passage, where do you see Godís grace and provision at work in your own life?

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