In 1 Kings 18, Elijah was confronted by 400 servants of Baal on Mount Carmel. He had to stand strong in the face of opposition. From where did His confidence come?
From the Word of God. The Word of Scripture and from every Word which proceeded from His Spirit.
By Heather Djunga
In the showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, two altars were built on the mountain, one to the Baal, the other to the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Elijah challenged the Baal worshippers: “… You call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.”
They cried out to Baal but nothing happened.
Then Elijah stepped up.
Was he shaking in his shoes, I dont know. But I always imagine some of the prophets of Baal must have been intimmidating guys… the kind of savages Elijah’s mom warned him not to be friends with at school.
Then Elijah did the ridiculous, he took from Israel’s scarce water supply (there had been a drought) and poured it over the altar he had established for the Lord, until water flowed like a mote around it.
Maybe some of his audience covered their eyes.
Surely not the water!
Do you think Elijah was thinking, “Well, I hope this works” as bucket upon bucket of water was poured on the altar.
I dont think so.
The Lord was not a good luck charm to Elijah. Having walked in personal relationship with the Lord, Elijah knew He was a faithful, true God whose Word could be taken seriously and by the time Elijah threw water on the altar, he must’ve consulted the Lord… waited on him for a Word… a stone if you will, to pull down this Goliath before him.
This directive – or strategy – given by the Lord gave him the confidence to command water to be thrown on the altar, knowing the God who gave the word would do what He said.
From 1 Kings 18: “At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
Growing up in the faith means eating the food of His Word, the Word of scripture and every Word that proceeds from His mouth – knowing He holds all of heaven and earth in his hands.
Just as the water-drenched altar was an impossible thing to light, the Lord is going to be using your ‘impossible situation’ to bring glory to His name.
He is going to be releasing divine guidance to guide you through the perils and to give strategy against the spiritual Pharaohs and Goliaths in your life.
Act upon His word.
Step up like Elijah in obedience.
Believe He is the God who brings Fire from Heaven.
He has established you as His son or daughter. What is against you has set the stage for His glory.
But everything begins with His Word – it is Sovereign and He wants you to stand on this today and believe. As His Word says, man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
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