" " 1Kings 18:24
I have always enjoyed reading this story. I find Elijah taunting the prophets to be humorous. " " (verse 27)
But today I took note of Elijah's confidence in God. He could have decided to prepare the altar without all the other prophets watching, but instead he called them all over to watch him (vs 30). In all their presence, Elijah places the stones and rebuilds the altar and then proceeds to dig a trench around the altar. He then tells them to " "
At this point, if someone was betting on this outcome, the odds would not be in Elijah's favour. When I go camping (and I say "I" because those of you who know Pamela, know it's not "we") I make all effort in ensuring I have everything to making a fire easy; dry wood, paper, and a lighter full of fluid. But Elijah's faith and his confidence is not placed in the wood being dry, having paper, or the lighter fluid. His confidence was in the lighter - God Almighty!
This brought me to reflecting on areas in my life that I am not relying on the God who not only brought a fire that Elijah prayed for, but "burnt up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench." (38)
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Elijah's desire for God to send the fire was not for his own benefit. He initially called everyone around so that God would be able to demonstrate His power for all to see. Elijah is giving God credit for everything and acknowledging the fact that he is following God's commands. Elijah prayed that prayer in front of everyone to see and hear, not in solitude.
How am I doing at telling nonbelievers about the miracles that God has done in my life? Do I have the desire in making sure that others know about the importance in following God? Do I give God all the credit He is do? Do I acknowledge His leading? Do I obey His commands? Do I believe that God can send the fire today?