Text: 1 Kings 16-19; Psalm 82
I love the story of Elijah’s showdown on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal and Asherah. Elijah tells Ahab to gather the people as well as the prophets. Elijah’s opening shot grabs their attention, and ours too:
And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21)
It is so very easy to allow other influences to creep into our hearts and dilute our undivided love of the Lord. We get distracted by the world around us, whether by pleasures and glories or by fears and concerns. Even if we never get to the point of worshiping false “gods”, we can find ourselves “limping between two different opinions.” We value things of the world too much, and the matters of God’s Kingdom too little, and we then find ourselves struggling to balance the two instead of choosing to follow the Lord in all things. The prophetic voice of Elijah is for our ears in this. We cannot float in a never-never land of indecision. “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And, know this: Given that the Lord demands all of us, to fail to choose is to make a poor choice indeed.
in Him, Mike