Sometimes we get the feeling that we are alone with our troubles in the world. We worry about what is going to happen next. These are not new feelings. In 1 Kings the prophet Elijah acted in a strong and brave manner for God one day, but felt alone and feared for his life the next.
Elijah asked King Ahab to gather the people of Israel and the false prophets together. Elijah asked the people to make a decision. If the Lord is God then follow Him: but if Baal is God then follow Baal.
Elijah was the only prophet of the Lord left but there were 450 prophets of Baal which Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, supported. Elijah suggested that each group of prophets choose a bull to be sacrificed on an altar.
However, the prophets would not light the sacrifice on fire. They would call upon their gods to provide the fire. Elijah said that the god who answers with fire is God.
The people thought this was a great idea. Elijah let the prophets of Baal go first. They called to Baal from morning to noon. But no one answered. Elijah mockingly told them to call louder because perhaps their god was on a journey or asleep. Baal’s prophets did cry loudly. They even cut themselves as their traditions dictated
in an effort to make Baal hear. Still, no one answered.
Elijah, when it was his turn, built a trench around the altar. He had the people pour water on the sacrifice and the wood. Everything was soaked and the trench was full of water. He prayed that God would let it be known that He is God. Fire fell from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust and even the water in the trench. Then the people knew that the Lord is God.
Because they misled the people of Israel, Elijah had all Baal’s prophets killed.
Jezebel retaliated by sending a message to Elijah that she was going to kill him.
Elijah was afraid. He ran away, alone in the wilderness. He reminded God that he was the only one of His prophets left and Jezebel wanted to kill him too!
God encouraged Elijah and told him that there were 7000 people in Israel who hadn’t bowed to Baal. Elijah was not alone. He could carry on with God’s strength.
Sometimes things happen to make us feel despair: acts of terrorism, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, sickness or the death of a loved one. We are not alone, God is listening. He sent the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son to take our place and make us right with God. “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved” (Acts 15:11). Don’t allow despair, defeat, denial or doubt to ruin your life. Turn your eyes to the Lord Jesus and serve Him. He is worthy! When we trust Him, we have His promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
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