Revival! …Oops…Not So Loud

Today’s blog is not for Liberals.

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Listen folks, we all know the Old Testament reading from I Kings 17…the story about the widow, and the jar of flour and the jug of oil that she gave up to feed Elijah–right?

Not sure?

O.K., here’s the whole passage.

In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, “Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.” She left to get it, and he called out after her, “Please bring along a bit of bread.” She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives, I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son. For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'” She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

As I heard the story in our Liturgy this weekend, I couldn’t help but feel that God had an even deeper message.

The word Zarephath (a City in Lebanon) by definition, means a place where the refining and smelting of metals is done.

Raise your hand if you feel like you’re going through fire right now.

Wow…that was everybody.

Good.

Raise your hand if you’re sensing, as I am, that these are the last days?

Wow…everybody again.

Listen…we must be like that widow, if we wish to survive the Holiness/Truth drought America is enduring.

Did you notice that when she gave up everything Elijah stayed?

How cool is that?

That’s how revival works.

It makes us stronger and unites in Christ with Christ.

That pain we’re feeling is the smelting process.

God is readying His people for a battle by burning off our impurities and forming us into something new.

Sure, change can hurt, but look what that woman went through.

First she was a bride, then a wife, then a mother, then a widow, then, finally, an Inn Keeper for God’s Prophet.

Talk about a roller coaster.

Here’s what we conservatives need to do.

Give God what that poor woman gave…everything.

Did she suffer lack or need after her gift?

No.

In fact, she lived abundantly.

Did God promise her deliverance through Elijah?

Yes…that’s what’s meant by the words “until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.”

Remember how glorious the exit of Elijah was, on that flaming chariot?

Ours will be better.

“Rain,” one of God’s greatest symbols in Scripture, will deliver us.

Only water can quench a fire.

But not before we’re formed into that useful tool for the Almighty.

It might be a sword, or a shield, or even an anvil…we don’t know, nor does it matter.

He knows.

Our Metal Smith will not fail.

Our poured out lives will not be wasted.

Still not sure?

Just ask the widow…we Catholics call it the communion of Saints.

She’s in the clouds, witnessing everything.

You still don’t want to ask her?…that’s O.K…either way, you’ll meet her soon.

O.K. liberals.

You can come back now.

Hey, how about them polling numbers?

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