Sometimes we get the feeling thatÂ we are alone with our troubles inÂ the world. We worry about what isÂ going to happen next. These are notÂ new feelings. In 1 Kings the prophetÂ Elijah acted in a strong and braveÂ manner for God one day, but felt aloneÂ and feared for his life the next.
Elijah asked King Ahab to gatherÂ the people of Israel and the falseÂ prophets together. Elijah asked theÂ people to make a decision. If the LordÂ is God then follow Him: but if Baal isÂ God then follow Baal.
Elijah was the only prophet of theÂ Lord left but there were 450 prophetsÂ of Baal which Jezebel, Ahabâ€™s wife,Â supported. Elijah suggested thatÂ each group of prophets choose aÂ bull to be sacrificed on an altar.
However, the prophets would notÂ light the sacrifice on fire. TheyÂ would call upon their gods toÂ provide the fire. Elijah said that theÂ god who answers with fire is God.
The people thought this was aÂ great idea. Elijah let the prophetsÂ of Baal go first. They called to BaalÂ from morning to noon. But no oneÂ answered. Elijah mockingly told themÂ to call louder because perhaps theirÂ god was on a journey or asleep. Baalâ€™sÂ prophets did cry loudly. They even cutÂ themselves as their traditions dictated
in an effort to make Baal hear. Still,Â no one answered.
Elijah, when it was his turn, built aÂ trench around the altar. He had theÂ people pour water on the sacrificeÂ and the wood. Everything was soakedÂ and the trench was full of water. HeÂ prayed that God would let it be knownÂ that He is God. Fire fell from HeavenÂ and consumed the burnt offering, theÂ wood, the stones, the dust and evenÂ the water in the trench. Then theÂ people knew that the Lord is God.
Because they misled the people ofÂ Israel, Elijah had all Baalâ€™s prophetsÂ killed.
Jezebel retaliated by sending aÂ message to Elijah that she was goingÂ to kill him.
Elijah was afraid. He ran away,Â alone in the wilderness. He remindedÂ God that he was the only one of HisÂ prophets left and Jezebel wanted to killÂ him too!
God encouraged Elijah and toldÂ him that there were 7000 people inÂ Israel who hadnâ€™t bowed to Baal.Â Elijah was not alone. He could carryÂ on with Godâ€™s strength.
Sometimes things happen to makeÂ us feel despair: acts of terrorism,Â earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, sicknessÂ or the death of a loved one. We areÂ not alone, God is listening. He sentÂ the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son to takeÂ our place and make us right with God.Â â€œBut we believe that through the grace of theÂ Lord Jesus Christ we shall be savedâ€ (ActsÂ 15:11). Donâ€™t allow despair, defeat,Â denial or doubt to ruin your life. TurnÂ your eyes to the Lord Jesus and serveÂ Him. He is worthy! When we trustÂ Him, we have His promise, â€œI will neverÂ leave you nor forsake youâ€ (Hebrews 13:5).
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