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Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 7

You can't make this stuff up!

Epic. Awesome. Entertaining. I could be describing the latest Marvel movie, but instead, these are words I’d use to describe this week’s reading for Immerse: Kingdoms. Even if you haven’t been reading along with us, I encourage you to pick up a book or Bible or follow along on a podcast and read through 1 Kings 17 through 2 Kings 10. In my opinion it’s some of the most exciting and entertaining reading in all of the Bible, right up there with the parables and miracles of Jesus and those of the first century church recorded in the book of Acts.

Time and time again we see God speak and work through His prophets, most predominantly through Elijah and Elisha. I won’t give away the specifics; I’ll let you read it for yourself. What I will do, though, is share some of the very important lessons we can learn from the lives of these men of God.

Sometimes you just need to eat and take a nap. Certainly, there are times in our lives when there is a spiritual solution to a problem. However, there are other times when the solution is physical. When Elijah was in the wilderness, he lay down under a broom tree and fell asleep. Then an angel of the Lord woke him up and told him to eat. Then he lay down again and later the same thing happened (Immerse: Kingdoms, page 214). Before Elijah could do the next thing, he needed rest and nourishment. Sometimes, we need the same thing.

You’re never as alone as you think you are. Just like teenagers who think they are the only ones who could ever be going through an experience like they are, sometimes we think we are utterly alone in our situations. But we’re not, and neither was Elijah. God not only told him that he wasn’t alone, he sent him out to recruit others to join him in the work (Immerse: Kingdoms, page 215).

What seems impossible to us is simple for the Lord. When faced with difficult circumstances, it can be hard to see a solution. We can even forget to pray about it until someone reminds us. But then God answers, and He does more than we could imagine. And for Him, it’s simple (Immerse: Kingdoms, page 227).

The character and promises of God remain the same through it all. Take note of the similarities of the miracles of Elijah and Elisha. Take note of how the prophecies spoken are fulfilled. No matter who is on the throne, God’s word will never return void. No matter what famine you’re facing, God will provide. No matter what opposition comes along, God can bring about the victory.

I hope you enjoy this week’s reading as much as I did! Feel free to comment and share about your favorite story or what you learn.