By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
God blessed Elijah's spiritual risk-taking by providing for his needs, but in the midst of this time of blessing, Elijah also experienced a blasting.
As Elijah spent time with the pagan widow and her son, he was a living testimony for God. But the widow's son died, and it seemed that his witnessing opportunity was lost. This woman, who had risked much for Elijah, was now at one of the lowest points in her life. Instead of seeking solace in Elijah's God, the widow cried, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?" (1 Kings 17:18).
Her son's death must have taken Elijah by surprise. He had faithfully followed God and was experiencing the blessings of His faithfulness. He was right in the middle of God's will, and doing what God had commanded him. Then suddenly everything turned upside down.
Elijah must have felt devastated. But God did not give Elijah a blasting only to leave the shattered pieces on the ground. Instead, God brought restoration and healing in a way that only God Himself is capable.
After the son's death, Elijah did the only thing he could: he cried out to God in prayer (see 1 Kings 17:20-21). Elijah did not question God's plans in front of the widow -- he was wise enough not to add to her doubts. And how did God respond to Elijah's prayer? "The Lord heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived" (1 Kings 17:22).
The widow didn't realize that Elijah's God was using the situation for His glory. When she saw her resurrected son, she said, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth" (1 Kings 17:24). She witnessed firsthand the integrity of Elijah's faith under fire.
Are you experiencing a blasting? No matter what circumstances you face, God has the power to restore you. Only God can take the broken fragments of your life and turn them into something even more beautiful than before.
Prayer: God, in my time of blasting, I pray that You would take the broken pieces and use them for Your glory. Help me to have great faith under fire. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9).