Why can’t you make up your mind? (I Kings 18-19)

21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. I Kings 18:21

Yesterday we looked together at Elijah’s ministry to a widow who was down to her last meal.  This widow was going to prepare the food for her and he son.  They would eat the meal and then they would sit down and wait to die.

However, God showed up through the prophet Elijah who said, trust me with what you have.  The Bible said she did and the miracle of God’s provision happened.  Today we move to the end of the three years of drought in Israel.  The suffering of the people must have been very difficult in those years.  The following must have happened:

  • The people were miserable in their day-to-day lives.
  • Joyful singing had ceased.
  • Children were no longer playing in the streets.
  • Worship of God had all but stopped.  Baal worship had come to be the norm.
  • The ruling authority (King Ahab) was placing all the blame on Elijah.

I wonder do you see any of these characteristics on our world today?  3 years had passed with no rain. The people of Israel lived their lives without any real commitment to any God.  But things were about to change.  Rain was coming from heaven.  The Bible says,  Elijah came out of hiding and tells Obadiah, I want to meet with the king.  The meeting was arranged.  As the meeting began, Ahab labeled Elijah as the one who was causing trouble in Israel (18: 17).  Elijah responded by placing the blame where it belonged.  Ahab had troubled his nation (18:18) by turning their hearts away from God.

At this point in the narrative, Elijah challenged Ahab to a duel between the Living God and the dead god called Baal.  The people of Israel gathered for the duel.  As they stood before Elijah he asked a question that needs to be asked in our day?

“How long will you halt between two opinions,” KJV. 

The people of Israel would not fully commit to either God.  Elijah was saying, be all in with Jehovah God or be all in with Baal.

I hope you read the story of what happened when the prophets of Baal attempted to awaken their dead God.  The Bible said, there was no response.

Then it was Elijah’s turn. The Bible records the prayer Elijah offered to God:

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Elijah asked God to move on his behalf so that the people would make up their mind, that He (Jehovah) was the true and living God.  The Bible said, God moved.  The Bible said, The people made up their minds.

Today, I ask, what will it take to get our world and our families to make up their mind to come to Jesus?  I truly believe our answer begins with prayer and it finds its completion in the power of God.  So let’s get to work fighting the fires of the enemy with the firewall of prayer.

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