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Cal To Worship July 2 2017

“And it came to pass”: that is, the predetermined counsel of Jehovah was now actualized. The fulfillment of the divine purpose can neither be retarded nor forced by us. God will not be hurried either by our petulance or our prayers. We have to wait His appointed hour, and when it strikes, He acts—it “comes to pass” just as He had foreordained. The precise length of time His servant is to remain in a certain place was predestined by Him from all eternity. “It came to pass after many days”: that is, over a thousand since the drought had commenced, “that the word of the Lord came to Elijah.” God had not forgotten His servant. The Lord never forgets any of His people, for has He not said, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands: thy walls are continually before me” (Isa 49:16)? O that we might never forget Him, but “set the LORD always before us” (Psa 16:8). “In the third year”: that is, of his stay at Zarephath.

(A.W. Pink, The Life of Elijah, Banner of Truth, 1991, pg. 95-96)

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