I started wondering what it would look like if Elijah opened a GoFundMe account today and this was some of my thoughts. Hope you enjoy and rethink what the world deems successful.
Hello, I go by the name Elijah or Eliyahu and I’m living by a brook. I have no permanent home or dwelling place. I have no family to speak of and I am tad hungry. It’s been three days since a raven showed up. Do you even know what ravens live off of? They are unclean animals, but that is what HaShem is using to feed me. I know many of you are finding this hard to believe.
I have been finding wild mushrooms, berries, and a few wild onions to keep me from becoming undernourished. Other than that, it’s pretty bare from the drought. I’ve been sleeping under a tree and using my outer tunic for a pillow. At first, I felt that HaShem led me here by the brook and told me to wait, but now I am not so sure. It’s rough with no satellite and no internet access. No gaming here or Netflix.
You can imagine my dismay when my iPhone fell into the river Cherith. I tried to dry it out on a rock in the sun, but it has a black screen and I am 30 miles away from any electrical outlets. Perhaps this isn’t where I am supposed to be? I mean He said I would be blessed going in and blessed coming out and blessed in the city and the country. Now the river is drying up! I noticed it was considerably down yesterday. Without water, I cannot live. I feel as parched in my spirit as the ground that’s cracking under me.
I still have my wireless tablet. I finally found a spot today in a tree that I climbed and was able to find a free hotspot on someone’s Wi-Fi named “Ahab bit hard to break 000666”. And that’s how I am able to open this account. Please send donations. PLEASE! I beg of thee…Anything will be greatly appreciated as The Father has left me here by this river with no one and nothing. I was a thriving prophet and had a booming ministry in the city, but now for almost three years I have been living in solitude. I’m sure I must have been mistaken on my calling and my journey. There is no way that Yahweh would want someone with my gifting to be hidden in the wilderness living off the grid. Also, I’m wondering if I may need to see a doctor or shrink and have my medication adjusted as I am doubting that I really heard from Him at all now.
EEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKK! Record needle scrapes on the turntable. I am so glad that this is not the route Elijah took because his next assignment was one of the most powerful stories written about in the Bible. Many men sing and preach about the man who called fire down from heaven but small details have been missed. Let’s look at some.
1 Kings Chapter 18 starts out with four words, “After a long time,”… Yes, “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” 18:1 NIV. Go show yourself to one of the evilest, wicked kings alive. A man whose very own wife is slaughtering my prophets and killing innocent men. Go and do what I tell you to do. The moment he had been preparing for and training for in the desert had finally arrived. Would he build a mega church? Would he finally be live on television? Would he have a great following? No, he would slaughter 450 prophets of Baal. He would set up an altar and have them cry out to their god and then he would proceed to say a prayer that in all my years of listening to men pray, have seldom heard one this humble or effective.
“And it came to be, at the time of bringing the evening offering, that Ěliyahu the prophet came near and said, “יהוה Elohim of Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yisra’ĕl, let it be known today: You are Elohim in Yisra’ĕl, and I Your servant, have done all these matters by Your word.
“Answer me, O יהוה, answer me, and let this person know that You are יהוה Elohim, and You shall turn their hearts back to You again.”
Then the fire of יהוה fell and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
And all the people saw, and fell on their faces, and said, “יהוה, He is the Elohim! יהוה, He is the Elohim!” 1 Kings 18:36-39 ISR. Yes, He is the ELOHIM!
What would slaughtering prophets of Baal look like in today’s world? Could it possibly have something to do with upholding Torah and doing away with pagan rituals that have no power?
I think I’ll take a walk down by the brook and sit a bit. Won’t you join me?