Elijah was a man like us

June 16th, 2012

This week a verse from the New Testament book of James has been rolling around in my Spirit. It has been my constant companion and I have been meditating on it.

James 5:17 is the verse. It says, “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” Verse 18 goes on to say that again he prayed and it began to rain and the earth began to produce crops.

The highlighted part about Elijah being a man like us (NIV1984) or Elijah was a human being, just as we are (NIV2011) has been speaking to me over and over.

Elijah, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament… Elijah who had an extraordinary close relationship with God… Elijah who defeated over 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah (1 King 18:16-45)… is a man just like us!

These are amazing words to me. A mighty man of God who did so many amazing things, is a man (or human being) just like us. I really think that as Christians we grasp this and really believe it deep down inside us, then we will truly make a huge impact for God in this world.

Elijah was no superhero. He was a human being made of flesh and blood. However, the Bible tells us that he was a righteous man who “prayed earnestly” (James 5:17).

The challenge to me from this verse is to live as a righteous man and pray earnestly, and then carry the Elijah spirit with me… after all, he was a man like me.

God Bless,

Dave