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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Ahab was the most evil king Israel had ever seen. Ahab served and worshiped Baal and was displeasing to the Lord. Essentially, he was a “drama king” as we will see in further passages.
One thing we learn from both the good and bad kings of Israel, is what God requires of leaders. We can see what pleased the Lord and what displeased the Lord. Are you a leader? No matter who you are, you have a sphere of influence. Who is in your sphere of influence and are you pleasing the Lord in the way you lead and influence others?
Elijah obeyed the Lord and was in the center of God’s will, and yet his brook dried up. But God used that to direct him to the widow’s house. He went without questioning God and he instructed the widow to make him bread. The widow took great risk and did as he asked and God fulfilled his promise to the widow, her son and Elijah. She ate for many days and her flour and oil did not run out.
God uses the most unlikely people to show his glory. God used the widow’s faith to show himself as a provider, as he supplied her needs and the needs of Elijah. Notice that the miracle only came after she prepared the meal for Elijah. Is there something in your life that God is asking you to do that requires risk? What is keeping you from stepping out in faith?
I love this story! When the One True God was up against the false god, named Baal – God prevailed. There was no voice and no answer from the false God. Then fire rained down on Elijah’s altar and when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and declared, “The Lord he is God”. There is no God like our God!
Before the fire rained down from heaven, Elijah called on the people to stop wavering between God and Baal. Do you feel at times torn between God’s ways and the worlds ways? Would you have had the courage and faith in God to do what Elijah did? How does Elijah’s faith and God’s display of strength encourage you to not waver in your devotion to God?
Elijah was discouraged and so the Lord wanted to speak to him. But God showed Elijah that he was not in his large displays of power. He was not in the wind. He was not in the earthquake. He was not in the fire but rather in the stillness. In the quiet, God whispered to Elijah.
While God shows himself to us in his mighty power, displayed through creation, that is not always the way God reveals himself. Sometimes we may be tempted to look for God to display himself through mighty acts that everyone can see. But God often comes to us in a soft whisper. Do you have trouble being still to pray, worship, and listen to God’s voice? What is getting in the way of finding that quietness, so you can hear God?
The Syrians said that the Lord is God of the hills but not the God of the valley and God took great offense to their bad theology. God punished them by giving Israel a great victory over them.
Man’s wrong ideas about God take away from God’s glory and majesty. God’s power is everywhere! He can work through the most unlikely and weakest of people. What are some ideas that people have about God that you know are wrong? How have you seen God work through some of the most unlikely and weakest of people?
To print the 22 Discussion Questions for 1 Kings – Click Here.
This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for 1 Kings 16-20.
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Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together! Remember, some of the chapters are quite long, so be sure to leave at least 20 minutes for your reading each day. I am praying for you all to finish strong! (Don’t forget to visit me Monday through Friday over on Facebook and Instagram. )
Keep walking with the King,