“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Here He is! As powerful today as He was then, when Elijah with his cloak split the waters of the Jordan; as glorious now as when He sent chariots and horses of fire and took his servant to heaven in a whirlwind.
Hundreds of years later, Elijah returned to earth, together with God’s servant Moses, and they talked with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). What did they talk about? Perhaps Moses and Elijah told Jesus how much they missed him in heaven, that they waited anxiously for his return. Or maybe they talked about the sacrifice on the cross that awaited the Master.
The God who sent fire from heaven, the God who split the waters in two for his prophets to cross over the river on dry land, the Creator of the universe, has always been present, in each generation He has been with those who serve him and fulfill his purposes.
The Word says of King David: “After he had served the purpose of God in his own generation” (Acts 13:36). Elijah served his generation. Before his departure, and through him, God prepared the next servant: the prophet Elisha.
”Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” asked this servant when his master had been taken away. He lifted the cloak that had fallen when Elijah left, and with the same cloak struck the waters of the Jordan. For him also the waters parted! And a double portion of the spirit of Elijah was upon him.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
This is the Lord’s message for us today. If we believe in Him we will do greater works. Elisha did twice the miracles that are recorded for Elijah’s ministry. The following stories will feature some of these miracles. God wants to inspire faith in his children. Our beloved Lord wants to remind us that today the God of Elijah is present with us. He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He wants to do greater works through you and me!
Dear Parent or Teacher, the God of Elijah wants to work wonders through you. God did great things yesterday; God wants to do even greater works today. The God of Elijah is by your side. Even in the worst of circumstances, trust Him. Some of you might be going through fire; maybe you are in deep waters. In times of suffering, God is with you. Never doubt his power!
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Isaiah 43: 1-3
In today’s story we meet Elisha, who was willing to give up everything to follow Elijah. This surprised our friend Daisy. Here are some examples of other willing servants:
- David: from Shepherd to Warrior and King
- Peter: from Fisherman to Fisher of men
- John and James left everything to follow Jesus.
- Luke: from doctor to traveler and writer
- Matthew: from tax collector to evangelist
- Paul: from Pharisee persecutor to preacher of the gospel
- Moses: from shepherd to deliverer
- Joseph: from prisoner to ruler
- Gideon: from peasant to faith-filled warrior
- Esther: from orphan to Queen, who risked her life for her Jewish people
The most spectacular and extraordinary is yet to come. Elijah went to heaven in a whirlwind. One day soon Jesus is coming back to take us to our eternal home. We will be caught up in the clouds to meet Him in the air.
Are you ready to go with Him?
Are your children or students ready for that day?
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. … I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-4,6
God bless you all, dear Parents or Teachers. The Lord make his face shine upon you and give you his peace.
Welcome to read Story #11: Horses and a Chariot Fire