“And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth” (1 Kings 17:24).TEXT — 1 Kings 17:17-24
Dr. Will Mayo was one of the brothers who founded the famous Mayo Clinic in the United States. The hospital is ranked among the best in the world. He claimed to have seen patients that by all standards were dead. “We knew they could not live. But I have seen a minister come to the bedside and do something for them that I could not do, although I had done everything in my professional power, something touched some immortal spark in them, and in defiance of medical knowledge and materialistic common sense, that patient lived!”
The son of the widow, by whom God was sustaining Elijah, took ill and died. Elijah prayed for the dead son and stretched himself upon him. The child was revived and was delivered to his mother alive. The woman was now more convinced that Elijah was indeed a prophet, and that the word of God in his mouth “is truth”.
This miracle leaves no doubt about the power of God to heal and work miracles in the minds of those who have always claimed that things like these are impossible. Some may, perhaps, doubt whether the child was dead in the first place. Despite the attitude of these gainsayers, the word of God is true. The Bible does not require science to confirm its claims and authenticity, but several scientists in every field, like Dr. Will Mayo, have confirmed the truth of the Scriptures over and over again.
The widow too, who was not an Israelite, was convinced that Elijah was a true prophet of God through this miracle. Today, we still have authenticated miracles and divine interventions in the affairs of man through prayers.
One lesson from this incident is the importance of signs and wonders in convincing people to accept the promises of God and believe in Christ. There are churches, that, up till now believe the era of miracles has passed. This is partly because they are not ready to pray and consecrate enough to have the power of God work through them and work for them. The fact is, if we preach a gospel that is not power-packed, some may never believe it.
Thought for the day
Miracles can cease only when God stops answering prayers.
- in one year
- JOHN 6 – 7