2013-03-15 - What Would Elijah Say?
"Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again." (1 Kings 18:37)
Why was Ahab so hardheaded? It is hard to respect your king, when all his actions are wicked and corrupt. Ahab was evil, more evil than his father and previous generations of kings. To top it off, Ahab goes and marries Jezebel. Jezebel worshiped an idol named Baal, instead of worshiping God, Almighty. Ahab followed suit. Sigh. Soon Baal's influence was seen throughout Israel.
Ahab was evoking his personal agenda on the people, instead of looking out for them. Wasn't that the role of a king? I told the disobedient king there would be a drought for the next three years. Ahab did not take too kindly to my statement. He felt I was meddlesome - and he had no desire to stop worshiping idols. Ahab saw me as a troublemaker. He was disillusioned. He was so far removed from God's presence, that it was despicable.
God suggested I hide out for the span of the drought. During that time, I stayed with a widow and her son, and while I was with them, God met my basic needs.
Three years later, I returned and put the power of Baal to the test. I asked all the people of Israel to meet me at Mt. Carmel, and Baal and God-worshipers alike came, including King Ahab. I wanted those in attendance to see which piece of wood would catch on fire, by calling on Baal or God. The Baal prophets called on their god from morning to noon, but there was no word. Perhaps he was busy, traveling or sleeping, I mocked.
I called upon the Lord - and guess what? The Lord answered immediately, and there was fire! When people saw this miracle, they returned to God, and the Baal prophets were seized and killed.
Unfortunately, Ahab didn't turn to God, not yet anyway.
Lord, I find myself starting to doubt that relief will come soon. Show me what to do, while I wait for my prayers to be answered. How do I wait in faith? In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.