Sunday, July 8, 2018

Directions Are Guaranteed

We are introduced to Elijah who told King Ahab;

1 Kings 17:1 (NKJV)
…As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
Emphasis Mine

1 Kings 17:2 (NKJV)
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
Emphasis Mine

1 Kings 17:8 (NKJV)
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
Emphasis Mine

On 3 different occasions, the word of the Lord is mentioned and in every season, the purpose of the word that came was specific

In the first verse, the word of God spoken was a declaration over a situation. In verse 2 and 8, the word of the Lord that came were specific instructions for Elijah. In all 3 verses, the word of God changed the direction of activities for the season. Amen!

Elijah declared that there will be no rain as surely as God lives after which the Lord instructed Elijah on where to go right after the drought was declared. Then, when the brook dried up, the word of the Lord came to Elijah again instructing him to go the village of Zarephath.

As we read this chapter, many things come to light;
1)     Selflessness – Elijah comes across as someone who understands that His life is not his own. Meaning, his very existence was for God. Elijah was so dependent on God to a place where he only moved from one point to the other based on the word. Unless we develop a selfless attitude, it will be impossible to abandon the direction of our lives to God. Amen!
2)     Focus – It takes a certain level of spiritual attentiveness and alertness to hear the voice of the Father. We can agree that Elijah remained focused evidenced by his attentiveness and alertness to spiritual matters. When God spoke, he heard and acted immediately. Also, at no point was Elijah confused neither is it recorded that he panicked because of the unfavorable conditions surrounding him at the time. Therefore, his obedience to God was not dependent how favorable or not the conditions were, around him.
3)     Trust - His trust in God was expressed through his obedience to God’s word/ and instruction for the season. In verse 5, the Bible says “So Elijah did as the Lord told him…”,  In verse 10, after the instruction from God to Elijah, the Bible records “So he went to Zarephath…”. Amen! So he trusted God consistently.

It is best for you to allow the seasons of your life to be determined by God’s word. That is the lifestyle of the Godly. Let go of control over your life. Surrender your entire being to his leadership and direction and you would not regret it.

When God's Word Determines The Seasons Of Your Life - Introduction

The Word of God will help you navigate God’s kingdom with ease.  It is vital to our walk with Him that we make Him and His word the center and the very reason why we live the life He has given us.
Job 12:10 (NIV)
 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

1 Kings 17 introduces us to a character by name Elijah. Elijah was a prophet, as we read this chapter, our emphasis is on the truth that the word of God determines the seasons of our lives. Meaning, it determines the beginning and the end of each season or phase of your life; it determines the activities that happen within that window when the change occurred; it will sustain you for as long as the season last. Amen!

It is very detrimental and will be a disfavor to your spiritual and physical well-being to navigate through life without the Word. It is risky to live a spiritually dull life such that you are unable to recognize the current season of your life and the things the Lord is doing or instructing you to do.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Two things for us to pay attention to in this verse; time and season. It is important to get both the time and the season correct. You might get the season right but the timing wrong. So it is imperative to remain vigilant enough to know when the seasons change without which, even with good intentions and actions, you just may be doing the right thing in a wrong season. Amen!

I will use this opportunity to expose you to the fact that even a well-meaning person can miss the timing and season. It took the spoken Word of God to David in order for him to know that it was not his duty to build the house of God, but rather, the responsibility of his son, Solomon according to God’s instruction.
1 Chronicles 28:6 (KJV)
And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
Emphasis Mine

Later on, Solomon confirmed what David said in the following scriptures;
1 Kings 8:17-18 (NLT)
Then Solomon said, “My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honor the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.  But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good, but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honor me.’

As we can see, when it comes to times and seasons, it does not matter how well-meaning you are. When you miss the season and the time, the impact of the activities you perform at that time may not serve a relevant purpose before God and man.
So, together, let’s learn from the man of God Elijah, how imperative it is to allow the Word of God to determine the seasons of our lives. Amen!


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