“Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there.'”1 Kings 17:8-9
Elijah was the lone prophet left in the land. There were four hundred and fifty wicked prophets of Baal. And yet, Elijah had the boldness and resolved to stand against them. He had learned dependence on God. The faith to call down fire from heaven and confidence that God would end the drought and severe famine never waned. In his victory on Mount Carmel, Elijah was a man full of faith in the Lord. Was he always this way? The answer can only be no. Elijah, as our Savior did, “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor of God and men” (Luke 2:52).
It is a true statement that if we are faithful with the very little, we will be faithful with much (Luke 16:10). This is a spiritual truth that is best learned through experience. Many times that expertise comes through testing and trials. They are not often known overnight. It may take years for faith to be developed, as is the case with Elijah.
For the Christian to be rid of self-reliance, dependence on God must be developed. This process can take years, and we think it is wasted time. To God, however, “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” The Lord is outside of our time and space, and His training grounds are founded on patience. That patience might “have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4). Before we can have a mountain top victory, we must be willing to serve in lowly places. The person who will not minister to a few will never be ready to stand on the mountain and call down fire from heaven. Are we being diligent with the ministry that God has given us today?
“The Lord is more concerned about the worker than the work…”– Warren Wiersbe