Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on March 30, 2014 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

Are you wavering?

It had not rained in Israel for three years. It was no secret why there was a drought. The prophet Elijah had told King Ahab that there would be neither rain nor dew unless Elijah said differently. It was obvious that Elijah was speaking for God and it was God who was withholding moisture.  Still, the royal response was to order the death of Elijah. 

Finally, after the three years were up, Elijah challenged Ahab and the prophets of Baal to meet him on Mount Carmel. So, Ahab did as requested. All of Israel came to see the confrontation. Before the contest started Elijah challenged Israel to make a choice: will they worship God or Baal. Again it seems as if the choice was obvious. God, through the word of one man withheld rain for three years. The King and Queen had 850 prophets to speak for Baal, but they could produce no rain. 

Nevertheless, the people had a clear response to Elijah’s question. They said nothing.

Wow. The people were more afraid of Ahab than of their God.

Each Lord’s Day and every time you read your Bible, God tells you to chose. Will you follow God or the futile thinking of the world? Will you waver like Israel did so you don’t have to embarrass yourself by choosing? Think about it. 

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 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. 

I Kings 18:20-21


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.