‘I Only Am Left’

‘I Only Am Left’

THE PROPHET ELIJAH had a very important role to play in the purpose of God. He was involved in great spiritual victories and possessed many godly qualities which are an example for us. However, he was not perfect, he was just like us: ‘Elijah was a man with a nature like ours’ (James 5:17). There was a time when Elijah reached a point of loneliness and despair in his life. He felt that his life was no longer worth living. In order to help him through, God gave him a powerful, hard- hitting lesson. There are no doubt times in our lives when Elijah’s desperate cries of ‘I, even I only, am left’ resonate with how we are feeling. Thankfully, the chastening lesson which God taught Elijah has been left on record for us to learn too. Spiritual Victory The great spiritual victory for which Elijah is famous is the

New Life in Shunem

New Life in Shunem

Elijah and Elisha – 10 Like Samuel before him, Elisha seems to have moved around the land of Israel in a circuit, ensuring that God’s message was available to as many as possible. On these journeys he passed through Shunem on several occasions. Shunem was a town in the north of the land, in the territory of the tribe of Issachar. A Home from Home There was a woman living there who was obviously hospitable, persuading Elisha and his servant Gehazi to stay with her, and eat a meal with her. She is described as ‘notable’ or ‘wealthy’, and probably provided with Elisha with a more comfortable place to stay than some of the other homes he would visit. After one of the visits, the woman suggested to her husband that they should build a room especially for Elisha to stay in. They would build it on the flat roof