said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a rainstorm.”—1 Kings
Success can distract you as you seek to follow God's will. Elijah's primary
assignment was to announce when a drought would begin and end (1 Kings 17:1). God
had told him to proclaim to king Ahab that the drought was an act of judgment
upon a people who worshiped idols rather than God. In the middle of Elijah's
assignment, a spectacular thing happened. Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal
and called fire down from heaven, putting hundreds of priests of Baal to death.
This was one of the most awesome displays of God's power recorded in Scripture.
Elijah could easily have focused strictly on that event. Fire falling from
heaven is much more spectacular than a rainstorm!
When something spectacular happens, we can easily be sidetracked. If Elijah
lived today, he might have begun a "Calling Down Fire from Heaven” ministry! The
dramatic is far more appealing to us than obedience to the mundane. Destroying
hundreds of Baal's prophets would appear to be a climactic victory for any
prophet of God. Yet Elijah persisted in his assignment. He announced the coming
rain. This had been his primary message, and he delivered it.
If you aren't careful, you may become so distracted by the successes you
experience that you never complete what God originally assigned you to do. Will
your success today cause you to disobey tomorrow?—Experiencing God Day by