1 Kings 17:22-24
Seeing an AMBER alert on a highway sign or hearing this notification by phone is a troubling experience. The alerts indicate that a child has been abducted and is at risk of serious injury or death. The AMBER alert notification is named for nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas. Authorities believe that if neighbors had been aware of what was happening, she might not have been killed by her abductors in January of 1995. Since the AMBER alert procedures were put into place in 1996, over 800 children have been safely restored to their parents.
When the widow of Zarephath alerts Elijah about her son’s status, the prophet immediately goes into action. First, he takes the child into his own arms, possibly to comfort him, possibly to assess his condition. Then he takes him to a safe place—his own upper room. Seeing that the son is not breathing, he performs a life-saving procedure and prays, crying out, O LORD my God, let this child’s life come into him again (v. 21). Afterwards, he returns the restored child into the waiting arms of his mother, who expresses her belief that this prophet is a man of God who speaks the truth.
Our words speak truth when they lead us to act on them. We may desire that all lost children be found, but to make our words true, we must embody that hope by doing something about it.
In difficult situations, what truths do you try to live out?
God of all truth, lead us into the paths of righteousness. Amen.