Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord which had been torn down. Elijah took twelve stones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” So with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he made a trench around the altar, large enough to hold two measures of seed. Then he arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. The water flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water. At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” 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. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.” 1 Kings 18:30-39
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The model prayer mentioned earlier begins with these words: “Our Father Who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” Honoring, worshiping and glorifying God are always at the pinnacle of why we exist. Those who truly worship God, live for his kingdom and will. Conversely, those who do not worship God, do not live for his kingdom and will. When Elijah spoke against Ahab, he said, “you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you have followed the Baals.” Ahab (along with his wife, Jezebel) was not worshiping God, nor living for his kingdom and will. Ahab was leading Israel astray and they were worshiping the Baals. This is why God withheld the rain from them. After several years of drought God is about to bring rain, but only after the showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Just prior to the showdown Elijah said to Israel, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” After the showdown the people say, “The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.” It took the withholding of rain and the miracle of Mount Carmel to turn back hearts in Israel.
What an incredible working of God for the sake of his kingdom and the spiritual welfare of Israel. As God orchestrates the building of His kingdom and we see Him miraculously at work in our own lives and in the lives of others, we can bow before Him and give Him the glory that is alone due to Him. In response to who He is and what He does, God longs to have us and a great company of others regularly and consistently cry out, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, you and you alone are God. I worship you and you alone. I trust that you will guard my heart from ever wavering between two opinions. I bow before you in true worship and devotion. I choose to put your kingdom and will above all else. I am thankful for how you are at work and I fully join you in your kingdom mission. Amen!
Posted on Thu, April 19, 2018
by Ken Hart