Soon after entering the promised land of Canaan, the children of Israel forgot about God and all He had done. They soon began to worship the false gods of Baal and the love-goddess, Asherah. It seemed like every generation from that time forward was tempted into worshipping these false gods.
About five hundred years later, God rose up Elijah to be His chosen spokesman – His prophet. The Israelites were still being enticed to worship other gods, and the time had come for a direct confrontation between Elijah and the many false prophets of Baal: “Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal” (1 Kings 18:19).
Elijah and the false prophets were to pray to their respective gods, with the “winner” determined by how the prayers were answered: “You call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire – He is God” (1 Kings 18:24). But prior to calling on the Lord, Elijah gave a challenge for the people of Israel to make a commitment.
1 Kings 18:21
“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
Elijah prayed, and God answered with enough fire to remove any and all doubt. The people clearly saw the hand of the Lord and readily made their choice: “The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!” (1 Kings 18:39).
We face the same challenge today. However, instead of two or three choices, we now have many gods which continually entice us into worship – many gods who desire our time and energy. The world offers a long list of “worthy” candidates: television, money, power, prestige, sex, drugs, food, sports, internet, education…the list goes on. “These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens” (Jeremiah 10:11). Who, or what, is truly worthy of our worship?
The challenge today is simple. If the Lord is God, follow Him. If we have recognized our sinful condition, repented of our sin and asked Jesus to be our Savior, then we must continue by being transformed into His likeness – we must follow Him. We cannot allow the “distractions” in life to become our god. We must devote our heart, soul, mind and strength to loving our Heavenly Father, and commit ourselves to whatever tasks He has given us to accomplish. Our choice is clear, and our response must be boldly decisive: The Lord is God – Follow Him!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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May 20 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25; John 11:1-53; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 15:22-23