Through the long years of drought and famine, Elijah prayed earnestly that the hearts of Israel might be turned from idolatry to allegiance to God. Patiently the prophet waited, while the hand of the Lord rested heavily on the stricken land. As he saw evidences of suffering and want multiplying on every side, his heart was wrung with sorrow, and he longed for power to bring about a reformation quickly. But God Himself was working out His plan, and all that His servant could do was to pray on in faith and await the time for decided action.


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En streng tilrettevisning

I tørkens og hungersnødens lange år bad Elias alvorligt om, at israelitterne måtte opgive afgudsdyrkelsen og begynde at tjene Gud. Profeten ventede tålmodigt, mens Herrens hånd hvilede tungt over det hjemsøgte land. Da han så, at lidelserne og nøden tog til overalt, krympede hans hjerte sig af sorg, og han ønskede, at han havde magt til at fremkalde en forandring straks. Men Gud var ved at gennemføre sin egen plan, og alt, hvad hans tjener kunne gøre, var at bede videre i tro og afvente handlingens time.

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