1 Kings 16
Focus Verse: So Zimri destroyed the whole family of Baasha, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken against Baasha through the prophet Jehu— (12)
Because of his sin, Baasha’s entire family was destroyed just like God had told the prophet Jehu that it would be. The word of the Lord always comes to pass.
1 Kings 17
Focus Verse: “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” (12)
This widow at Zarephath was prone to despair. She was certain that she and her son would die after they ate their last meal together. But she should be given credit for the faith that she showed by doing what Elijah had instructed her to do. Because of her obedience, God blessed her with food each day of the famine.
When this widow’s son became sick and died, she again despaired. “What do you have against me, man of God?” she asked Elijah. “Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” Of course, this was not what Elijah had come to do, and later God heard his prayer and brought the widow’s son back to life. God is not against us. He is for us, even when bad things happen. We never have to give in to despair. We can always have hope because God takes care of His own.
1 Kings 18
Focus Verse: And Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the Lord. (3)
Just as Asa did not let his father’s and grandfather’s evil ways influence him, Obadiah did not let the wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel turn his heart away from God. Even though he was the palace administrator for an ungodly king and queen, Obadiah remained a devout believer in God and found ways to serve Him and His prophets. God does not put His followers in dark places for them to sin, but to shine.
Focus Verse: But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. (8)
When we share the Gospel with someone, we can be sure that Satan will bring opposition our way. He will seek to make us fearful or forgetful. He will have people like Bar-Jesus/Elymas try to discourage the person we are witnessing to from believing in Christ. Satan is always working to keep lost people from being found and blind people from receiving sight. He does not ever want captives to be set free by the Son and he does not want sinners to be saved. However, we should do as Paul did, and not let anyone put out our light.