Summary: This is a message that speaks of how God uses obscurity to create His greatest men.
1 Kings 17:1 KJV 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.
I. INTRODUCTION -- SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
-It is May and school is almost over. Some who are graduating this year have already filled out scholarship requests and admission requests to go to various schools around the area.
-I recently read about a young man in our community who received a scholarship from the Houston County Medical Society. The value of that scholarship was over $100,000 and it will almost entirely finance his way through medical school for him to become a physician.
-People who know about colleges say that gaining the entrance to certain schools around the country is very important. One may apply to the Ivy League schools to get into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and so on. While those schools do not assure immediate success, having gone to one of those schools will certainly increase one’s chances of landing a profitable job with a highly honored company in the United States and perhaps even on the global level.
-Much value has been placed on education in the last several years. In addition to the Ivy Leagues, there are business schools around the nation that have garnered great reputations for turning out competent graduates. There are medical schools that also have excelled with the demands that they have placed upon students.
-In our area, a couple of engineering schools have shown great promise in the last several years. One is Georgia Tech and the other is an in-state school, Auburn.
-These schools attract the sharpest minds and the entry levels of many of them prove to be very exacting.
-If I were to suggest that someone drive down into the edge of Florida to a little crossroads called Two-Egg and go to Two-Egg Tech, that suggestion would be met with much disdain and sarcasm. It doesn’t really matter if they offered a great medical program or an excellent engineering program few would want to attend because of the location and name of the school.
-We have a tendency to be a little serious about our schools.
-What I would like to tell you is that God is very serious about His schools! It is in His schools that we are shaped for life (if we will humble ourselves and learn).
-His university uses two methods: Obscurity and Isolation. Furthermore, some of His greatest results have been gained from these methods.
• Abraham -- Trapped in the obscurity of Ur and then wandering about in a wilderness of isolation.
• Joseph -- Confined in the obscurity of a servant and locked up in isolation of a prison.
• David -- Confined in the obscurity of the youngest child and locked up in the isolation of a pasture (where he learned to fight, pray, and worship).
• Paul -- Sent to the desert of Isolation north of Damascus.
• Amos -- Linked to the obscurity of fig-gathering and the isolation of his prophetic call.
-This is the case with Elijah. . .
II. THE PROPHET ELIJAH