Just Like Us
Read: 1 Kings 18:33-38 & 2 Peter 1:3-4 & James 5:17
In the book Sun Stand Still, Steven Furtick asks, “Does the brand of faith you live by produce the kinds of results in your life that you read about in the biblical stories of men and women of faith?” (Pg 7) That’s a challenging question.
Most of us foolishly think of the men and women in the Bible as spiritually superior. Instead, what we see in Scripture is a bunch of ragtag believers who get it wrong most of the time. There are manic depressive kings, unkempt prophets and leaders with real insecurities. Scripture’s message is that God moves mightily despite our weakness.
In 1 Kings 18, God uses Elijah to move in an incredible way. After reading about his triumph over the prophets of Baal, it’s tempting to elevate Elijah to a position just under Jesus. But notice that James 5:17 says, “Elijah was a man just like us…” Wow. That is, at once, encouraging and challenging.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 1 that through Jesus we have everything in our lives we need. If that’s the case, shouldn't it be normal to see God moving in biblical proportions? If we serve the same God and we’re made of the same stuff as the kings, prophets and apostles, shouldn't we believe and see our family and friends come to know Christ? Let’s begin believing today that God still performs impressive feats through unimpressive people.
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