“Elijah was a man just like us.” How many of us believe that? True, he was subject to uncertainty, perhaps even bouts with depression. While this similarity might resonate with us, he also miraculously multiplied food, called down fire from heaven, and raised the dead. Elijah’s life story involves a supernatural prayer life capable of changing weather patterns. Elijah was a man like us? If James seriously attempted to lower the bar by suggesting a mere human as a mentor, we are still left standing and staring at the height of the bar.
It’s a mediation worthy of the week ahead. May I suggest these questions: how are we to understand, interpret or adapt his life to our experience? What would be the response of our family or friends if we maintained that we were just like Elijah? If transformation into Christlikeness seems impossible, does Elijah’s life seem any more attainable?
Thursday’s post will return to Elijah. But in the meantime perhaps your comments can stimulate the discussion. I’m curious to read your thoughts--see you Thursday.