Weekly Nuggets March 16, 2020
1 Kings 18:42-46 (NLT)
45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt[a] and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.
Key Phrase: Going fast or Going empowered?
Speed is a ‘characteristic’ of man. The need to be in a hurry to get there first, to get there ahead of the rest. Man wants to fly and fly at supersonic speeds.
While speed in itself is not a bad desire, there is often an unhealthy attitude of greed and other selfish desires associated with speed. A need to do it all for self, sometimes unethically just so we can take all of the glory.
When Ahab left for Jezreel, he left in full glory in his chariot, with all pomp and pageantry. God is telling someone in a big hurry today that time and seasons are in His hands and unless His hands are upon us we race in vain. Unless His spirit is with us, our speedy arrival is futile.
While Ahab took off fast, Elijah was still praying. But when it was time, Elijah received special strength and ran (on foot) and overtook Ahab. He ran empowered by the spirit of God, with the hand of God fully upon him. For someone wondering why things are not moving as fast as they had dreamed, God is saying have patience. It’s not in the chariots neither is it in the horses, it is in the timing which God has purposed for us.
It’s ok for others to speed past today, our God who knows the end from the beginning is working out a perfect and celebrated time to empower us.
Father, remind us daily that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong but to those whom have received your power. Lord, Elijah was focused on your work while Ahab went ahead, teach us always that completing your work should be our primary focus if we want to go far. Mostly Lord, I pray that when our season comes, you will empower us, strengthen us to run and to overtake. In Jesus name.