Taking on Too MuchWhat are you trying to take on that only God can do
Top Music Videos
Back From the Dead
The Lord heard Elijah’s prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived! (v.22).
The young Argentinean couple grieved over their baby. The medical staff pronounced the baby stillborn and hurried the body away. The mother, drugged from the delivery, hadn’t even gotten to kiss her baby girl goodbye. Twelve hours later, Analia Bouter and her husband, Favian, went to the morgue to see their child and to say farewell. When the staff pulled out the drawer holding the body, they heard a baby’s cry. The newborn was alive!
A widow from Zarephath knew the sorrow of losing a child. The prophet Elijah, at God’s instructions, had gone to the widow’s house and requested food and lodging. The widow had only enough food for one meal for her son and herself and then, she believed, they would both starve. Elijah, however, told the woman to cook a meal for him and that, as a result, their flour bin and oil jug would miraculously refill. She did, and each morning there was flour and oil for that day’s provisions.
Sadly, the story took a tragic turn. The son fell sick and died, and the woman cried to Elijah: “What have you done to me?” (1 Kings 1:18). Overwhelmed by the mother’s grief, Elijah took the boy’s corpse upstairs and prayed passionately to God: “O Lord my God, please let this child’s life return to him” (v.21).
Imagine the mother’s joy when she saw Elijah bringing her son down the stairs and heard the prophet say, “Look! . . . Your son is alive!” (v.23). Now imagine the joy when, on that resurrection Sunday, God announced to the world: “My Son is alive!” From Eden forward, Scripture tells us that death in all its manifestations is the great enemy. Jesus’ resurrection announces God’s authority over death and asserts the fact that God has begun to dismantle its power.
The joy the widow knew is a joy we will all one day know.
Read 2 Kings 4:20. What is similar and dissimilar about this account and Elijah’s story? Why are these death-to-life stories so powerful?
What dead place in your life needs resurrection? Where have you experienced the joy of seeing new life breathed into something dead or lifeless?
- Taking on Too Much - What are you trying to take on that only God can do...read more
- Representing Jesus - In what practical ways can you effectively represent Christ?...read more
- Myth No More - Why must God judge His enemies and make things right?...read more
- Hidden Sins - How have you been trying to deal with your sin?...read more
- The Kingdom We Long For - What makes you most desperate for the fullness of God’s kingdom to arrive?...read more
- Offering Refuge and Hope - How can you practically and prayerfully support refugees?...read more
- Songs Before Dawn - How will you use your voice to let the good news ring out today?...read more
- Uber Conversations - How do the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit model a loving relationship?...read more
- Prayer on an Airplane - How can you prepare to share the hope you have in Jesus?...read more
- Adding Interest? - Is there something you’re holding back from God?...read more
- Lord of the Cosmos - What does Jesus being “Lord of the cosmos” mean for your future?...read more
- Farming Hope - What trial are you facing today?...read more
- Because of Sunday - How can you learn to imitate Jesus and His mindset as you face conflict?...read more
- Our Real and Present God - When have you grappled with questions about God’s nearness and presence?...read more
- Gift of Tears - What triggers your emotions?...read more
- Faith in the Fields - Jesus urged His disciples to tell people about Him for “the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”...read more