Friday, February 23, 2018
Read : 1 Kings 18:16-39
Thoughts from: Alyssa Ghubril
One prophet of Yahweh versus 450 prophets of Baal, and the loser is put to death. This competition doesn’t sound fair, but it certainly is dramatic! When Elijah challenges the people to just make up their minds and follow Yahweh or follow Baal, they don’t even give him an answer. Their hearts are so hardened and apathetic after years of idol worship. They needed a wake up call, and God uses this competion to show them, once again, that He alone is the only true God.
This impressive show of power does more than just wake the people up; it turns their hearts back to God. Elijah asks God to win the competition so that “the people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” (v. 37). Sure enough, when God sends fire down and authoritatively declares that He is the one, true God, the people fall down on their faces and cry “The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.” (v. 39). Witnessing this kind of powerful act of God has ramifications. You can’t see something like that and go back to being apathetic about God. Seeing God’s power brings His people to true, authentic repentance.
Our merciful God not only gives us these stories all throughout Scripture to hang on to, but He shows us His power in other ways. I’ve never witnessed God raining fire down like Elijah did here, but I’ve seen God do incredible, amazing, powerful things in my life and circumstances. Those things are meant to draw me close to Him, to impact my heart, and to bring me to real repentance. The might and power and strength of our God demonstrates to us over and over again that we can trust Him, rely on Him, and obey Him.