Study Material: I Kings 17:1
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
There are some battles that we fight that are totally senseless. Often, they started because we chose them. Don’t get me wrong, the war is real and we did not start it. However, some of the battles in this war are not necessary. For example, Satan already wants to destroy you, and you decide to go to visit your sibling at a brothel where you could easily fall into sexual sin….is that smart? Avoid unnecessary battles. Do not foolishly attack.
Elijah the Tishbite should have known this. He was a brilliant prophet, but missed the mark on this one. He was to declare a drought over Israel that would last according to his word (v1). Did he have to declare it to Ahab the king? Couldn’t he have carried out his spiritual assignment without telling the king that he was the culprit? Declaring in front of Ahab led to him being on the run for years. Was it truly necessary? It was a foolish attack. Declare? Yes. To Ahab? No.
Sometimes we mix our desire to be honest, transparent and frank with a bit of stupidity. I am learning this daily. Your intention may be excellent, but Satan is standing by to cause havoc. Do not give him the opportunity. Apply wisdom. Jesus said in Matthew 10:16, Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
God bless you!!