Evil king after evil king, and then—“Boom!”—we meet Elijah the prophet. He was a settler from the wild, forested area east of the Jordan in Gilead.
God chose this man from the middle of nowhere. Unlike the kings, we don’t know who his family was, and we don’t know anything about his childhood. God chose him out of obscurity in order to confront apostasy. God loves to use “nobodies” from “nowhere” places.
The chapter begins with Eljiah proclaiming a message to King Ahab (17:1). Picture the awkward sight of a wild man entering the presence of the king. But because Elijah knew the living God, he was able to stand fearlessly before Ahab. Because he knew the living God, he could also trust God for his daily provision (vv. 2-7). Elijah had great faith because he had a great God.
What steps can you take this week to elevate your understanding and trust of God?