The school bell has rung, class is now in session.
Act 1: Scene 1 The Prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a competition, to show who was the True God, and they graciously accepted.
The reason behind this challenge was because Elijah had enough of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel provoking the Lord God of Israel. In the Book of 1 Kings, Chapter 16, it mentioned that King Ahab did, “More to provoke God to anger than all the Kings of Israel before him.” He and his bride led a lot of people to Baal and caused some to reject the Lord as the one True God. This created a great division among the people of Israel.
Act 1 Scene 2 The Showdown
Everyone was at this event, (popcorn and candy in hand) because they wanted to see “which God” would win.
The Prophet Elijah started by asking the people, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; if Baal, follow him.” He challenged the people to stop straddling the fence. There was no more room for compromise and it was time to pick a side.
Act 1 Scene 3 The Prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal were on Mount Carmel, and each one had an altar in front of them. The challenge was for them to ask their God to send down fire to light up the sacrifice on the altar. The Prophet Elijah, allowed the prophets of Baal to go first. The begin to cry out to Baal and ask him to send down fire to the altar, but there was no voice, no answer. They begin to cut themselves and cry out louder, begging Baal to send down fire. Eventually they tired themselves out and gave up.
The Prophet Elijah’s turn came. He decided to do something that surprised his viewers, he ordered for the altar to be drenched with water. He did this so that there would be no doubt that God prevailed because it is more difficult light up a water-drenched altar. Elijah had the altar drenched with twelve pots of water, drowning the wood, sacrifice and the space underneath of the altar.
Act 1 Scene 4 Elijah offered a mighty prayer to God, it was 63 words long and could most likely be prayed in thirty seconds. According to Dr. David Jeremiah, “The power of prayer does not reside in the prayer itself, but in the God to whom the prayer is addressed. Elijah did not have to say a lot of words because he knew the God to whom he was praying was real, alive and listening.” To read more about the prayer, check out 1 Kings 18: 36, 37
For those who do not know Bible history, what happened next was astounding! God not only sent down fire to the altar, and it also consumed the altar, sacrifice, stones, water and everything surrounding it.
The response to this miracle was immediate, people begin falling on their faces exclaiming, “The Lord, He is God!”
Believe it or not, we are in the same scenario today spiritually. We have the opportunity to choose to honor the principles in the Word of God or honor the principles of man. We cannot comfortably do both.
Is there compromise in your life? Have you been stuck between two opinions, and wandering in the valley of decision for a long while? If so, it is time for you to make a decision because not all roads have the same destination. This is especially true when it comes to salvation.
The Prophet Elijah asked an essential question, “How long will you falter between two decisions?” We, I included, have got to remove compromise from our lives. It is poisonous and will eventually destroy us by hindering the move of God in our lives. He said in His word that He would rather we were hot or cold, because if we are lukewarm, He would spew us from His mouth.
God still can do greater things today (John 14: 12) than even before, but we have to let go of things that oppose Him. How do I know this? Because the Bible said that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He still feels the same way about idols, false religious systems and ideologies, that takes away our focus, trust and belief in Him. He will not take second place to anyone. It is time to make decision.
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!