Reluctant Provisions, Part 6

Where is our fire, believers? Where is our passion? Our Bible, the Word of God, gives us our answers, our hope, but it is the Spirit of God that bolsters us, strengthening us to set forth against the enemy and take charge!

1st Kings, chapter 18, tells us of how Elijah confronted King Ahab on Mt. Carmel. 450 prophets of Baal stood on that mountain, pleading with their god to send down a fiery pillar to consume their sacrifice and demonstrate his power to Elijah. After hours of prayer, and pleading, and even self-mutilation, Elijah finally stepped in for his turn.

He took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes of Israel, and cast upon the sacrifice there some twelve barrels of water, enough to thoroughly handicap any attempt to light a regular flame. He even filled a trench that had been dug around the altar with water too. And the, Elijah, the servant of God, humbled his heart and said this prayer (1 Kings 18:36-37):


Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.”


With that, a mighty pillar of fire shot down from Heaven and consumed not only the sacrifice, but also the wood upon which it was laid, and the stones beneath them, and the dust beneath those, even lapping up every bit of that water that had soaked it all!

And the people were astonished, stunned by what they had seen, and fell upon their faces confessing that God was truly the Lord!

Elijah vs Baal
Woodcut for “Die Bibel in Bildern”, 1860. Elijah kills the Ba’al priests

Let me tell you, Elijah here was bold. He stepped into the darkness for God, and made a witness of all who were present for the power of the Lord. He didn’t do it alone though. The Spirit of the Lord was with him, and his submission to prayer and his faith in the almighty gave him the courage to do it!

Is not our God the same God today as He was then? Has his power waived? Has His might weakened?

Absolutely not!

In our own way, we all are reluctant provisions, aren’t we. We are hesitant tools for His glory and Kingdom. But if we have Him, what can stand in our way but our own doubt and fear and hesitation.

If we put on the armor that He has given us, and pick up our two-edged sword, we have no enemy or opposition that can rightfully challenge us, because our Lord is with us.

We just have to have faith in Him, in His word, and in what He is asking us to do. Jonah had to suffer a bit before he got on track, but because he relented he brought God’s mercy to many. Jesus Christ may have been fearful of what was in store for Him, but because He focused on the Father’s will and not His own hesitation, He ultimately saved every man, woman, and child would would ever call upon His name. Jesus faced much more in His life than just some potentially awkward social encounters.

He faced death itself, and because He did, you and I now can have life. Have you accepted that gift of life, friend? Have you accepted this promise of ultimate forgiveness and rebirth, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

 


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