1 Kings 17-19, Psalm 99
Our walk with God is a marathon, not a sprint. We would have expected the competition on Mount Carmel to have long lasting results. When Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal to see whether the One True God would respond or whether Baal would respond we read the results in 1 Kings 18:38-39, “Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” But, though the people were emotionally stirred up and killed the false prophets, there is no evidence that there was any long lasting results in their hearts.
More amazing is when we see someone like Elijah falter in his faith. He was walking so confidently, then one threat and he runs for lack of faith. We read this in 1 Kings 19:2-3, “Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life,…”. We see this in all of the prominent Bible characters. It reveals just how regular, and not superhuman they really are.
Though miracles, large evangelistic outreaches, etc may grab our attention, it is the steady walk with God as we are doing in the One Year Bible Challenge that keeps us on a consistent path. Just like Elijah, when you feel yourself wandering listen to that still small voice. How often might God be trying to reach out to us but we can’t hear because of all the distractions.
Also, if we feel that God is prompting us to step out in faith, I pray that , like Elijah, we boldly step out. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus says, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. We should never let our fear of the reaction of others stop us. In Matthew 25:23, in the Parable of the Talents, Jesus said, “…Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord”. We may not have the platform of Elijah, but we can all listen to that still small voice and step out in faith.
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