Why Did God Choose Elijah?
It's easy to think that Elijah was morally or spiritually superior to us, but he wasn't. Elijah needed correction, encouragement, and the knowledge that other believers were standing against Baal as well.
God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Elijah was chosen to confront the followers of Baal simply because he had a relationship with God.
What Did He Do?
Elijah bravely confronted Israel's King Ahab about his wicked involvement with Baal worship. And he also performed many miracles: providing an endless supply of flour for a widow, raising a young boy from the dead, and confronting the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 17, 18).
But Elijah also faced moments of weakness. Fearing for his life, Elijah once ran to the Negev Desert. Just when he thought he could'nt bear any more, God provided him with sufficient food and water to last him another day (1 Kings 19: 3-8).
Elijah then confessed his despair, fear, and weakness to God. After sending a powerful wind, earthquake, and fire, God revealed himself to Elijah through a whisper. God told lonely Elijah the encouraging news that 7,000 Israelites had refused to bow their knees to Baal (1 Kings 19:11-18).
What Made Elijah Great?
Elijah wasn't exceptionally spiritual or superior he was completely human. But what made Elijah great was his complete commitment to the will of God. Elijah gave all his heart and energy so that the world would know the one true God.