Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:21
The Israelites had forgotten about God, left him to worship a false idol named Baal. But God sent Elijah to bring his people back, to show them our God is the one and only true God
How many of us waver today between God and this world? As it says in the Book of James to be doubleminded is unstable, you must choose who you are going to worship
Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire–he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” 1 Kings 18:24
The challenge is now set, Elijah called out the follower of Baal to prove their false idol is real. Many today still ask God to reveal himself, but he did reveal himself thru our Lord Jesus Christ. The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us.
So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. 1 Kings 18:26
The followers of Baal called out to their false idol all day but nothing happened. Why did nothing happen? Simple because Baal was just a manmade statue. This is why God strictly prohibits Idolatry because people become mesmerized by manmade objects that have no real purpose
What false idols are people relying on today? How about money? When times get tough everyone believes green paper is going to save their soul, but there is only one who can save your soul, the same way he created your soul, Jehovah Jireh our Lord and provider
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.” 1 Kings 18:36-37
Finally after the followers of Baal gave up, Elijah said this prayer to God. Notice he comes to The Lord as his faithful servant and not arrogantly. Its important we approach God humbly and not full of pride because its let his will be done and not our own
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!” 1 Kings 18:38-:39
The God immediately answered Elijah’s prayer and sent fire down from the sky and consumed the sacrifice. All the followers of Baal immediately fell down and worshipped God because they knew now who the real true God is.
What’s it going to take for you to realize who the real God is? You can start by getting to know his Son Jesus, because nobody gets to The Father without going thru the Son. Call out to him and he will answer you in Jesus Name Amen