Fresh Hope – 26th April 2017

In 1 Kings 18 is the familiar story of Elijah going up against the prophets of Baal. Here in verse 21, we read how before the action begins, Elijah addresses the people.

‘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.’

This is a great question we should ask and answer ourselves every day.

The problem is, we can easily give the correct answer verbally ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ but then give the incorrect answer behaviourally by how we live and answer ‘my circumstances are Lord!’

For example, we can say ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ but then continually worry about finances, family or health issues. Then dwelling on our issues we look to tell anyone who will listen and we end up confessing that circumstances are Lord.

It’s perfectly natural to be affected by circumstances, but Baal is Lord of the perfectly natural and to worship Baal is to make your perfectly natural situation the most important thing in your life.

To have Jesus as Lord though is perfectly ‘supernatural’ and means despite circumstances, we’re confident and feel assured that the Creator of the universe is for us.

As I said though, this isn’t natural – it’s not our default or everyone would by nature follow God’s plan, but if by faith we seek Him in our lives every day and make intentional efforts to keep our hearts and minds on HI’m, we start to not only overcome our emotions following our circumstances but we start to enjoy the battle because we know we’ve already won.

“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.

Don’t just say nothing today, but make a decision to declare, “the Lord is God and even if my circumstances don’t look great, they are just a temporary facade over the glorious reality of what God has for me!”

Luke Cartwright

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