Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
In 1 Kings 17, Elijah trusted God’s revelation and provision. The exercise of his faith opened windows of understanding. Faith is privileged to see the hand of God at work. Great faith is privileged to see great things. Elijah’s journey of faith was demanding, but it brought to him a profound vision of God. By faith, he became eyewitness to God’s sovereignty and power.
Elijah witnessed God’s sovereign rule over nature. Elijah’s weather report to Ahab was drought. In the early days of drought, anyone could have said that they had seen droughts worse than this. But day by day for three and a half years, the number of naysayers would dwindle. Elijah saw God’s faithfulness to fulfill his word unfolding daily, an incremental wonder.
But for a time, Elijah witnessed a rather shocking wonder, twice a day! 1 Kings 17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. I don’t know what the birds are like at your place, but at my place they bring songs and aggravation. I have given them bread, but never once have they brought bread to me. Not sure I’d be interested in the meat, but it would be something to see! God’s sovereign rule of nature encompasses even nature doing the unnatural.
Elijah also witnessed God’s sovereign power to perform miracles for the care of his people. 1 Kings 17:16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. That which Paul would later call “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19) was on full display in God’s care for his servant and, through him, a widow and her son.
As Hebrews 11:3 says, by faith we understand. In John 6, some people asked Jesus, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” John 6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him who he has sent.” By faith alone comes the understanding of this great salvation God has provided in his Son.
What a wonderful Savior he is!