Elijah was a man

James 5:17 says that Elijah was a man, and not just any man but, a man “just like us”.

Elijah was a man just like us

That’s NIV; ESV says he ” had a nature like ours” and NLT says he “was as human as we are”.

Elijah was a man just like us.

This is the guy who, amongst other things, raised the dead, brought three years of drought to an end, walked the desert without food or drink for forty days and nights, called fire down from heaven (twice) and was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind.

But still, he was a man just like us.

Regular dude.

Average Joe.

That guy, Elijah.

We put our biblical “heroes” on pedestals. We make them out to be super-humans, holier than thou. But they were just like us.

We look at our earthly heroes of the faith too – whether it be speakers we love to listen to, missionaries we really respect or folks closer to home that we look up to – and think “Wow, I love what you’re doing! I could never be like that though . . . ”

Elijah was just like us. Moses was just like us. David was just like us. Paul was just like us. Martin Luther was just like us. Mother Teresa was just like us. Your favourite preacher is just like you. Your pastor is an average bloke.

People! God uses the average. God chose what is weak in the world (1 Cor 1:27).

You know what sets them and us apart?

Elijah “went and did according to the word of the Lord” (1 Kings 17:5)

Abraham “when called to go, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8)

You think you could never be like them?! Of course you can!

Elijah was a man just like us.

And his God is our God.

We just need faith in the King of Kings. Mustard seed faith that can move mountains.

Step out in faith today: if Elijah can do it, you can.


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