Elijah (the lion of the covenant) did not obey the will and commandments of the Lord because it was easy, convenient, or comfortable to him, or because it was pleasing to the king, queen, or the vast majority of those in Israel. He did so because his confidence was not in man, but in the living God. He lived in the presence of God (1 Kings 17:1). Elijah did not know there were 7,000 who yet served Jehovah in Israel (1 Kings 19:18). His faith was evidenced in Almighty God by standing with the Lord and by loving Jehovah God and His truth even if it meant he stood alone. Biblical courage is always revealed in loving and obeying Godâ€™s commandments. Knowledge is not courageâ€”applying the truth is courage. Cowardice is always revealed in taking the easy and comfortable way out in compromising and disobeying Godâ€™s commandments. The main points from our text this Lordâ€™s Day are: (1) The Command of the Lord to Elijah (1 Kings 17:2-3); (2) The Promise of the Lord to Elijah (1 Kings 17:4); (3) The Provision of the Lord for Elijah (1 Kings 17:5-7).
Cut off from the Word of God Among the important points in this sermon is that the worst type of drought and famine that can fall upon a land (especially a covenanted nation that has known the preaching and proclamation of God's Word), is not a drought of rain that destroys crops and dries up wells, but is rather a drought of God's Word that destroys souls, and dries up the souls of men. But that is a drought that God brings upon nations that reject Him. He takes from them the faithful preaching of the Word of God. And when men's souls dry up, then all manner of abomination and rebellion and sinning inevitably follow. This is what we see more and more happening within this covenanted nation. God is cutting off more and more the faithful preaching of His Word. And what we see filling the void is foolishness in churches. This means that God is showing His anger and His judgment.