Members of the London International church of Christ are invited to send their reflections on what they are learning or finding inspiring about our current focus on the books of 1 & 2 Kings. Please send any thoughts to Malcolm. We reserve the right to edit contributions.
Our first contributor is Lola Laseinde from the 4 Rivers Region.
From reading through the two books, we are exposed to the lives of the prophets Elijah and Elisha as well as some of the kings of the Old Testament. Many of the kings fell because they relied on their own wisdom and not on God’s wisdom.
God required obedience from His creatures. Through obedience to God’s directives, He made provision for their lives. Examples of this are Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. The LORD provided for Elijah through his obedience and thus provided for an impoverished widow and her son. Through his obedience to God’s directives Elijah showed that he had faith in God.
Another lesson for me was learning from king Asa’s strengths and mistakes. I learned that when we take one step towards God, He takes ten to make us thankful to Him. I was encouraged by king Asa’s good start and that helped me to remember to build on God’s Word.
During the famine, God directed Elijah to hide and he was fed by the ravens. He obeyed and was fed. At the brook, through the widow of Zarephath, he saw God’s provision and he built up his faith in God. God provides for us so that we can receive and so that we can give.
The abundance of generosity we receive from God is spiritual. Our acceptance of His promises leads us to have faith in Him. We learn to trust and obey God because He has promises for us.
Thank you and remain ever blessed.
In-Christ – Lola Laseinde