And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  And Elisha saw it , and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.  He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;  And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.  And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
Elijah, the main character in our text today has little to show in terms of his background. He was just introduced as a Tishbite with little or no information about his parents or upbringing (1 Kings 17:1). He had no godfather to mentor him neither did he inherit any mantle from any one.
Notwithstanding, God turned his ordinary cloak to a powerful mantle as a symbol of power and authority just as He turned Moses’ rod to staff of power and Elijah became one of the most anointed and powerful prophets in the Old Testament. Elijah did not only succeed, his legacy continued to make impact through Elisha long after he was gone.
Now it’s generally believed that someone needs to be ordained or empowered by another man in higher position in order to get to position of influence. This is true but there are exceptions. Elijah’s case was exceptional. He didn’t inherit any mantle nor was there any godfather that aided his development. He was a trail blazer. This is an important lesson we need to learn from our text today. Put your absolute trust in God and per adventure if the help of man comes your way, good, else God’s grace will be sufficient for you. As a man of God often say that “your background need not put your back on the ground “.
This year, don’t belittle yourself neither underestimate what you can achieve. Stop focusing on your weak background or lack of help. You can be the next trail blazer like Elijah regardless of your background,upbringing, financial or social status. God can make an exception to the rule just to showcase you to the world like He did with Elijah. I pray this will be your portion this year in Jesus name, amen. May the good Lord put aside every human law and make you the next big thing that will happen to humanity.
Good morning and have a wonderful year ahead.