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Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 12
Date:  Mon, August 17, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  The Pain and the Profit of the Believers Trials: 1 Kings 17:17-24
In Paul's writings, whenever he wanted to make an important point to his readers, he would begin with this phrase "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance...."(1 Timothy 1:15;3:1;4:9; 2Timothy 1:15). He was stating facts, truths that were always reliable, no matter the circumtances. He knew that believers struggle with the physical senses; prone to be influence by them. So he reminds them to base their lives upon the One who never changes and His Word. Only God is totally and completely reliable and dependable. He never fails, period. (Zeph. 3:5;Ps. 89:28;Isa.51:6;Lam. 3:22) Thus we are encouraged to live by faith in the facts, because they are trustworthy and dependable. In our story, the prophet is in tune with heaven because his thoughts, affections and focus are on God. He doesn't panic in hearing that the widow's son has died. Instead he gives her hope that God can raise him from the dead. He believes that God still does the impossible. The same God who shut the heavens can also raise the dead. The widow is down but not out, because the prophet is on her side. She has doubts but he has faith for her and her need. Its wonderful to have someone who can carry you when you are down. We all need such a friend(s). We all have periods in our life where our faith is weak, but others is strong and they carry us. In Luke 5:17-26 we have a perfect illustration. The paralytic was healed by Jesus because he had friends who had faith for him. God is the One who places such people in our lives and at such times when we needed the most. When the burden is too heavy, its a blessing to have friends who can carry some of it and make the burden light enough to bear. The prophet persevered in his faith and the boy was raised to life. What a boost to the widow's faith. Doubts were removed and faith prevailed. She saw clearly that Yahweh was the true God and Elijah his spokesperson. God was honered and Elijah was encouraged. The ending glorified God and blessed all involved. When God is writing the book of your life, the end will be triumphant and glorious. (Job 42:10,12,16)