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Day Sixteen

 Sometime later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse and stopped breathing.  She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”        1 Kings 17:17-24

A junior high music teacher had just organized a band in her school. The principal was so proud of the music teacher’s efforts that without consulting her, he decided that the band should give a concert for the entire school. The music teacher wasn’t so sure her young musicians were ready to give a concert, so she tried to talk the principal out of holding the concert, to no avail. Just before the concert was ready to begin, as the music teacher stood on the podium, she leaned forward and whispered to her nervous musicians, “If you’re not sure of your part, just pretend to play.” And with that, she stepped back, lifted her baton, and with a great flourish brought it down. AND… nothing happened! No music was played.

The students pretended to play… but no one made a single sound.

Now, why didn’t those children play their instruments? They weren’t sure of their part. They weren’t confident in their abilities. And the reason they weren’t sure, they weren’t confident, was because they weren’t prepared. We need to be prepared! We need to be prepared for the unexpected. It’s not if the battle comes, but when it comes, are you ready?

Sometime later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse and finally stopped breathing. The boy died! It was such a tragedy that the woman complained to Elijah that her son must have died because Elijah had come to visit them to remind her of HER sins and kill her boy. Elijah was clearly devastated by this and carried the boy up to his room and prayed over him. And God heard his prayers and raised that boy from the dead. This had NEVER happened before!

Up until that time in Biblical history, no one had risen from the dead. This boy had died and – by all reasonable considerations – should have stayed dead. But he didn’t. He lived again. God can turn any tragedy into a triumph. Keep your faith in God.

Elijah was surprised at the power of God. The young boy and his mother were astonished, but God was glorified. Miracles happen every day in God’s kingdom.