Sometimes when you read about an incredible prophet like Elijah, don’t you think, “I wish God would use me like that?” I mean, why not? Was there something different about him? Even James said in the New Testament that Elijah was “just as human as we are.”
So why could use God use him so powerfully? Why not me?
I think the key is in how quickly Elijah responded when God spoke. Check this out:
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah…. So he did what the Lord had told him.
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath….” So he went to Zarephath.
The word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go present yourself to Ahab….” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab.
See the pattern? God speaks, and in the very next verse, Elijah acts.
No extra prayer.
The next time you read your Bible and you hear the word of the Lord speak, act on it immediately.
The next time your pastor speaks the word of the Lord to you on Sunday, put it into action on Monday.
As James also said, let’s not just be hearers of the word of the Lord, let’s be immediate doers of the word.
Do it quickly and watch God begin to work through your life powerfully.