When the prophet Elijah learned that the people had abandoned God’s instruction and were following other gods, he called a meeting on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before them and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21 NIV). Then Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a duel.
Two piles of wood were set up and a sacrifice prepared. The god who lit the pile of wood would prove to be the real God. Baal’s prophets called on their god from morning till noon. They cut themselves until their blood flowed. They continued their pleas until evening, but there was no response. Then Elijah took his turn.
1 Kings 18:37-39
“Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.”
Do you have any “gods” in your life? Do you have things that tug at your heart or even turn it in the wrong direction? Living without fear allows us to face those “gods” that stand in the way of following the Lord wholeheartedly. If you are running away from God it’s time to stop and turn your heart back to him.
- Proclaim to God, “The Lord, [you are] God. The Lord, [you are my] God. Tell him that you love him and desire to love him more.
- Ask God to protect your children from all the temptations to serve the gods of this world. Ask him to keep his presence foremost in their hearts.
Father, we acknowledge you as the only God. Forgive us for chasing after other “gods” that give us only temporary and shallow satisfaction. Help us turn our hearts back to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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