Scripture Reading: James 5:16–18
A. Although the Bible contains no books by Elijah and he only plays a major role in six chapters, he is still a man of great importance.
B. Elijah is a remarkable individual, and yet he was a man with considerable weaknesses.
I. Elijah was a man of great zeal and courage.
A. He stood up to King Ahab (1 Kings 18:18).
B. He stood up to the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:22–28).
C. He stood up to soldiers (2 Kings 1:3–4, 13–16).
D. His response to Jezebel’s vow to kill him proves that he was not void of natural fear altogether (1 Kings 19:2–4).
II. How did God use this man to accomplish so much?
A. He taught him humility through poverty (1 Kings 17:1–16).
B. He allowed him to experience the feeling of despair and defeat (1 Kings 17:17–20; 18:42; 19:4).
C. With God’s help he raised the widow’s son (1 Kings 17:17–24), outran a chariot (18:46), parted the Jordan (2 Kings 2:8), and ascended to heaven (2:11).
III. God’s glory stands out best when contrasted with man’s weakness.
A. Paul observed this in his own life (2 Corinthians 12:1–10).
B. We also see this in the lives of characters like Gideon (Judges 7:2–7) and David (1 Samuel 17:34–37).
A. If you are suffering tragedy or sickness or loss, perhaps God is preparing to show His greatness to you or through you: trust Him.
B. If God could accomplish so much with a man who shared so many of our feelings and failings, He can work through us too.