We live in the hope that God is with us and will not forsake us but those times of waiting can be terrible!
1 Kings 17.1-24
Reference: v.7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I heard Jentezen Franklin speak a few years ago and he added an additional line to a very familiar saying:
When one door closes
Another will one will open…
But it's hell in the hallway.
I had always known the first two lines and they do give hope to many of us. But the realism of the third line rings so true for me. We live in the hope that God is with us and will not forsake us but those times of waiting can be terrible!
Application: In this Bible passage we read that God provided Elijah's basic needs, even down to his food and water. But in verse 7 we read that his water supply dried up. Verse 8 says that the word of the Lord came to Elijah and he was told to go somewhere else but how long was it between verse 7 & 8? To be honest, if I were Elijah I would have started stressing even before it got to verse 7. I would have seen the water levels starting to go down and started to stress. Verse 7 would have read for me: 'And Linda, seeing that the brook was starting to die down, began to cry out to the Lord. "Why, oh Lord, have you brought me here, only to have my brook start to dry up? I thought this was the place you had called me. Now I'm not so sure. Please give me a sign, Lord. Should I leave? Are you going to still provide for me? Was this the right place to begin with? What am I going to do???"' Clearly Elijah had a lot more faith than I did – either that or they did not record his actual thought process!! However it is in these in between times where our faith is really tested. We want answers straight away but it is not always the right time for answers. Those times in the hallway can be the most gruesome, however it's often in the hallway where our faith can grow. In those times we rely so heavily on God and wait with baited breath for Him to respond that we grow closer to Him and our faith is stretched. While it may feel like 'hell in the hallway' it can often get us closer to a piece of Heaven.
Prayer: Lord, we know that you will never leave us nor forsake us, but so often our faith is shaken. Forgive us for our lack of trust. Amen.
What has helped you as you have sought God for an answer? What assists you when you are in the 'hallway'?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.