A Humble Servant

1 Kings 17:22–23

No words can describe what happened in that little upstairs bedroom when the corpse began to stir and Elijah saw life returning to the boy’s body. No words can describe being in the midst of such a trial and then watching God, in a miraculous moment or period of time, work it out. Only you who have been there can nod, smile, and say, “Amen. I know exactly what you’re describing; I’ve seen God do it.”

Elijah saw that kind of miracle. It happened before his eyes. Now, look at what he did.

Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” (1 Kings 17:23)

Elijah did not say, “See what I did!” No! That’s what we might have done, or perhaps that’s what some televangelist might do, but that’s not what Elijah did. Elijah quietly walked downstairs with the boy by his side and said, “See, your son is alive.”

Once again, words fail to describe the feelings of the mother or the experience between mother and child at that moment.

In years past, Cynthia and I had a close, personal friend who was a dear woman of God and, therefore, a faithful woman of prayer. She prayed for us for many years. Periodically, she would ask, “What’s the Lord doing in your life?” When we told her about various things that were happening, her response invariably was, “Isn’t that just like the Lord.” Or, “Isn’t the Lord wonderful! That’s just like Him to do this.” Rather than being surprised, she was always humbly affirming and grateful. Her God never disappointed. His miraculous powers only strengthened her faith . . . and ours!

That’s what Elijah wanted this woman to see. He stepped back into the shadows so that she would see the Lord.

Elijah wanted her to see what God had done and be impressed with Him, not His servant.

Taken from Great Days with the Great Lives by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.