Too often we let how get in the way of what God has called us to do. For the life of us, we cannot figure out how a thing is going to happen.
You know, too much month and too little money. How will you ever make it to payday?
The school has called you six times this week, and it’s not Friday, yet. How are you going to survive this thing called parenthood?
A spouse that has a taste for too much drink, eyes for another and a passion for gambling. How can God fix this mess of a marriage?
Negative doctor reports and a truck load of confirming symptoms. How on earth can God heal you?
How? That’s God’s business.
Impossible? That’s His specialty.
The Scriptures are full of examples. Consider one – the story of Elijah (1 Kings 18: 23-24, 31-35 ESV) and what we can learn from him.
“Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name,” and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water… “
You don’t have to be very smart to understand that wood plus water is not a formula for fire. Elijah had the people fill four jars with water and douse the wood. He then had them repeat it two more times for a total of twelve jars of water. Now, we don’t know the size of the jars, but the Scriptures tell us that there was so much water that it ran around the alter and filled the trench that had been dug around it.
You know the people thought Elijah was crazy. First, a “burnt” offering with no fire. And then, wood doused with twelve jars of water. How will God ever answer this prayer?
Elijah wasn’t worried. He knew that the how was God’s business. His business was to be obedient. And when he had constructed the altar and commanded that the wood be doused, he simply prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God…” (1 Kings 18:36-37 ESV)
And God answered as only God can for in verse 38 we read, “Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”
What has God called you to do? That’s YOUR business. How will it happen? That is none of your business; THAT is God’s business!
THIS WEEK reflect on your business for God – what He has called you to do that you are not doing. Mind your business, and get started – on your knees. Look at Elijah’s prayer as an example. Pray, believing and asking God to provide what is needed and that He be glorified, and He will answer as only He can. THAT is His business!