Elijah's God

Michael Wilcock

READ : 2 Kings 2:12-18

Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? (v. 14)

How they would miss Elijah! Jezebel and her like wouldn’t, obviously, but the faithful seven thousand in Israel must have felt bereft at Elijah’s passing. He had been better than armies in championing their cause, and a real father-figure to Elisha (v. 12).

“Where is Elijah?” the younger prophets asked when Elisha came back without him. They had all seemed to be aware that that would be the great prophet’s last day on earth, so perhaps it was his body they wanted to find, to give it a proper burial.

But Elisha’s question is the infinitely more important one: “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” The answer was right there; in fact, that was the answer – “Right here.” Fire had just come down from heaven, as previously on Carmel, and years earlier on Sinai; now water would be parted for Elisha, as only minutes before for his master, and before that for Joshua, and before that for Moses; repeated signs of the Lord’s presence and power. Each of these men passed away “after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation” (Acts 13:36). But the God they served lives on still and has a purpose today for all who will enter his service.

PRAYER

God of every successive generation, call us and use us today.