Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Listening to God’s Voice
1 Kings 17:17-24
Vs.22 The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah; the life
of the child came into him again, and he revived.
Don’t we hate it when things don’t go according to our plan?
Well, we can definitely relate to Elijah in this passage. At the
beginning of this chapter, we see that Elijah waits for and obeys God’s
commands. Elijah went to the Kerith Ravine where food and drink were
provided to him by ravens and a brook, respectively. He is then told to
go to Zarephath and stay there, as God had commanded a widow to supply
Elijah with food using a jar of flour and a jug of oil (verse 16). Elijah
is pretty good at sticking to the plan! This is where things get
widow’s son suddenly falls ill. To make things worse, God did not provide
any commands for Elijah. There was no response from God. So what does he
do? He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was
staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the Lord, “O
Lord my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying
with, by causing her son to die? O Lord my God, let this boy’s life
return to him!” (verses 19-21) The completely unplanned operation works
as God listens to Elijah’s cry and revives the boy.
happened? Up until this point, the passage was about listening to God’s
voice. In a surprising twist of events, God listens to Elijah’s voice instead.
I believe God honored the truth in Elijah’s cry for help. The boy’s
breath returned to him because God saw Elijah’s actions as being done in
the widow says to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that
the word of the Lord from your mouth is truth” (verse 24).
how big or small a miracle may seem, it all starts with an act of
obedience. Every step we take, towards God and His plan for us, must be
taken with faith and a heart of obedience. It may sound easier said than
done, but this story of Elijah brings us closer to His plans for us.
Loving Father, we thank You for all of life’s wonderful
blessings. We pray that we live our lives according to Your plan, as
Elijah did when he started his ministry. We pray for that same obedience
and faith as well. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"Faith is the step between promise and
Jessie Samuel, St. Andrews
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church