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Text: 1 Kings 18:1
1. God used Elijah to punish Ahab and the Israelites for their sin of idolatry. The famine and drought lasted for more than 3 years. Elijah was persecuted and rejected for his devotion to Jehovah God. Ahab’s spies and assassins combed through the land for Elijah’s head while Elijah was taking refuge at the home of a widow in Zarephath upon God’s instructions. That’s it. Bible says it was after three years or more that God spoke to Elijah again (Some time later, in the third year of the famine, the LORD told Elijah……”).
2. Elijah spent over three years of uncertainty, risked his life, before God suddenly performed the ultimate miracle in the mount of Carmel, that revived the nation.
3. Some of you have already gone through this type of period. Some of you are going through or shall go through such times. How shall we survive when God is silent?
1. Remember: God could be silent but not idle
A. Just because God is silent it doesn’t mean He is idle.
B. The intertestamental period: A 400 year gap between the ministry of Prophet Malachi and John the Baptist. God was quiet but preparing the world to receive His son (Galatians 4:4).
C. Seasoned Christians know that some of the biggest moves God has made in their life have come after a period of spiritual dryness;
D. Stay very close to God and watch for His power to be displayed.
E. Application: An old proverb says “The darkest hour is just before the dawn.” When you’re at your lowest point, when all seems lost and all hope seems to be gone, have hope in God, because things can only get better from there on.
2. Confront known sins in your life
A. In OT times priests were mediators between God and Man. But when Eli’s sons sinned (1 Samuel 2:12-17, 1 Samuel 2:22) their relationship with God was revoked and God stopped speaking to his people (1 Samuel 3:1).
B. Elijah didn’t sin but the Israelites were living in sin.
C. Sin hinders our intimacy with God.
D. My personal experience: Holding back a secret sin always hindered my prayer life. Releasing them always brought peace of mind.
E. Application: Don’t find excuses to justify your sin. Confront yourself, confess and turn back to God.
3. Continue to trust God
A. Times of silence require more faith as they could be full of fear.
B. Not the faith to change situations – faith to obey.
C. Elijah obeyed God in faith.
D. Application: We can’t have first hand experiences with God all the time. Continue to trust God and trust Him even more in obedience. This will prepare you to receive from God when he breaks the silence some day. Resist temptation to complain, Backslide, get discouraged and crippled in faith permanently.
There are many great miracles. But the greatest miracle of them all is to figure out what to do during times when miracles are no where to be found. Are you ready?Adopted from a blog post titled “7 actions for the times God is silent” by Pastor Ron Edmondson