1 Kings 16:29-34; 17
With the nation divided, Israel’s kings plunge the nation further into sin and away from the Lord. To this point in their history, they now have their worst king in King Ahab. His worst offense is leading the people to worship Baal and other gods, instead of Yahweh. As a result, God raises up a prophet named Elijah who speaks against Ahab. His first message to Ahab is that it will not rain in the land until he says so. During this famine, God provides for Elijah as he performs miracles.
In a nation filled with sin and idolatry, Elijah stands out. He stands out, not for the miracles he performed, but for his obedience to the Lord. The Lord would speak and he would do what was commanded. Elijah shows us that the entire world can be going one way, but it is still possible to follow after the Lord and walk in his ways. We can always honor him and it is always our choice. When the world wants us to chase after idols, we must stay focused and run just as hard after God.
Even if the entire nation follows after false gods, will you still walk in obedience to the Lord?