Wilderness Experience chapter 13.
1 Kings 18:43-43
And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, [There is] nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. This time Elijah’s ministry is at the peak.
He has just performed a historical miracle of calling the fire to come down and consume the fire. “Fire come down!” Has featured in many of our songs and prayers as a result. It is one very strong faith inspiration all over the Christendom.
Well he was busy working in prayer on his second famous miracle: to bring the rain down. ” Let the rain fall!” Is also a very popular prayer and song in our churches.
Now I want you to stop for a minute and think about our ministries and had we been the ones who performed these two miracles. What would this do to our church membership?
Would we still be teachable after this?
The last thing we hear from this verse is that Elijah had a servant!
Now let me take this back to myself: 1. I bring literal visible fire to consume the sacrifice. 2. I call rain to come down. 3. I have a servant.
This would mean my ministry is really at a peak and my name is known at least around my city.
There are many of us who know this Elijah the prophet before his wilderness experience. There are very few who dwell in his ministry during and after the wilderness.
Many ministers aspire to bring down the rain and fire and have a few servants just like Elijah the prophet. And of course they desire to “kill” as much “false prophets” as a bonus. Now I consider myself least qualified to write this chapter.
I will be happy to become a catalyst so that those who qualify better will take it from here and go even further in enlightening us.
However I have seen the impact of this picture to young ministers and how they interpret it going further.
I have many men and women of God whom I admire who are graced to bring both rain and fire down and have servants. I am a witness to the amazing humility they have as well.
This observation is not meant to take a swipe on them at all.
I however desire to warn the onlookers and the false needs that might arise having witnessed this. I want us to take note of this amazing twist that happens in the next chapter: 1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.
There are certain things in your ministry you have not yet seen.
One would think that what Elijah has just seen is too small compared with what he had just done.
After killing prophets of Baal and bringing down the rain; one would think that Jezebel is just a small fry.
Now Jezebel sent a message that was so big for Elijah such that the bible does not say Elijah “heard” the message. It says Elijah “saw” the message. 1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there. Now not only did he see this but it made him to run for his life. And when he came to Beersheba; he left his servant there.
Now believe me this is not how servants dream of their retrenchment; but the prophet had something to give priority to and that was his life. I know many who would rather commit suicide than to loose employees like that.
There are times in ministry where you will have to choose between your family and the members as well as your church staff.
There are times when you will be forced to leave your “church business” and look into your life.
Why did Elijah not ordain the servant before dropping him to continue with ministry?
I am asking you because Elijah was not only planning to quit but to die in the wilderness as well.
1 Kings 19:4-4
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.
If God was happy with how he did ministry why was there no miracle performed to kill Jezebel and to keep the servant?
No matter how big the miracles Elijah did; they did not completely approved his way of doing ministry.
You have seen a lot of miracles but you are failing to see a miracle of keeping your church members.
You brought rain and fire down but you are failing to keep up with your rentals of the venue even the mortgage.
How did his ministry take such a twist from commanding the atmosphere to struggling just to keep his servant? Have you faced such a threat in 24 hours from your greatest ministry exploit?
Leave that servant at Bersheba.
Close that TV station.
Close that church.
And go to meet God for a brand new revelation in Mount Horeb.
I have seen Apostles and Prophets who were anointed enough to prophecy that a minister must close his church.
As I said earlier I am the least to talk about this chapter but let us see how it unfolds in the next episode.
I have just finished with another controversial statement but please allow me to back it up in the next installment.