“Where Is The LORD God of Elijah?”
Elijah was an eminent servant of the most High God. Suddenly appearing by divine intervention, his opening words were: “The Lord God of Israel, before whom I stand.” And this was the keynote of the whole of his remarkable life and ministry. He had a single eye for the honour and glory of God, and he looked to Him alone to know His holy mind and will.
It is men like this that are sorely needed in the nation and in the church of God today.
In Elijah’s translation to heaven, abundant honour was put upon him as a faithful man of God. Also in this there was a testimony to the Old Testament church of life after death.
But this was a time of crisis both to Israel and to the prophet Elisha personally. Israel as a nation had lost a leader, described as “the chariot of Israel.”
Moreover, this was a time of deep sorrow and grief for the younger prophet in the loss of his beloved master and friend. And then what an awful load of responsibility had now fallen on Elisha along with Elijah’s mantle!
Elisha sorely felt all this, and to him it was a solemn question that he asked: “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”
Over the years this question has often been asked despairingly, but we rather think that Elisha asked it in a spirit of prayer. “We cannot do without Thee. ‘God of our fathers, be the God of their succeeding race.’”
Surely there is a similarity between the state of our nation and the church of God today and the state of Israel then; and our prayerful concern is the same as that of Elisha: “Where is now the God of Elijah?”
Elijah had proved his God to be almighty – the God who performs miracles – the God far greater than all the priests of Baal – the God who supplies His people’s needs – the God who answers prayer – the God who remembers His people in their low estate.
This is “the God of Elijah.”
“Where is He?” There are two answers to that question.
1. He is still in heaven, almighty, in complete control. He loves His people with an everlasting love.
2. He is still with His people on earth. “Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.”
Immediately after Elijah’s translation there was the trial, the testing.The River Jordan lay before and it must be crossed. When Elisha smote the waters with the mantle of Elijah, “they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”
We have the unknown way before us and, as Rutherford said, “Deep waters cross life’s pathway.” We see them before us: sins, sorrows, troubles, perplexities, difficulties – spiritually and providentially – personally, and in church and state – the unknown way.
“Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” Still almighty, still ever-present with His people. He will bring us safely through.
What a depth of divinity there is in the one line that closes one of Henry Fowler’s hymns:
“Is He thy God? He’ll bring thee through.”
The blessed certainty of it!
The value of it!
And then the last great river to be crossed, the river of death. Elijah’s God will be with His people there. But it will be through the precious blood.
’Twill Jordan’s icy waves divide,
And land our souls with God.
By B.A. Ramsboottom