IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE LORD – HE IS GOD! THE LORD – HE IS GOD!
“When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God”
1 King 28:39
In these days many of God’s people are discouraged, despondent and filled with doubt. This ought not to be, for discouragement always comes from the Devil, despondency paralyses us for useful service and doubt dishonours the Lord. If encouragement is needed, however, here it is in this study! If our faith needs to be fortified, this meditation in God’s Word will do the trick!
“Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their hearts back.’ Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, ‘The LORD, He is God. The LORD, He is God.’”
(1 Kings 18:37–39)
Oh, these verses come at the end of one of the most awesome pictures we see in the Old Testament. Elijah, before the prophets of Baal, calling out for God to bring down fire from heaven to show that He, not the Canaanite rain god, Baal, that God alone, the Lord, is worthy of worship. And it all culminates in this prayer, at the end of the chapter, that Elijah offers before God.
What a powerful picture of prayer, of pleading for God to show His glory in ways that resound to His praise among people around us, among individuals and entire people groups. Think about these words as you pray for people’s salvation.
This passage has it setting when the spiritual tide in Israel is at an extremely low ebb. The people have, for the most part, turned their backs on the Lord and have gone after the Canaanite god Baal. It is against this backdrop of apostasy and idolatry that the prophet Elijah strolls onto the stage. He is introduced in 1 Kings 17:1. When he makes his appearance, he comes with a message from the Lord. It is a clarion call for repentance and for a renewal to loyalty to Jehovah.
this passage, things come to a head. On the one hand there is Ahab, Jezebel, the prophets and priests of Baal and an entire nation, less 7,000 people of God, 1 Kings 19:18. On the other, there is Elijah and Jehovah. The odds may looked stacked in the favor of evil, but Elijah is about to experience the truth that one plus God is a majority.
Baal was the principle deity of the Canaanites. He, along with his associate, Ashtoreth was worshiped through such abominable practices as human sacrifice and sexual immorality. In some places, women were forced to serve as prostitutes in the groves!
These people had fallen a long way from the nation that had entered and conquered Canaan hundreds of years before. Now they are a politically divided and apostate nation.
Know that the Lord He is God! Far too many have been taken in by other religions, scientists, atheists alike and led to believe that there may be some other reason for creation or that there are other “gods” out there just as important as ours. That the Bible is just a bunch of stories that already have been told somewhere else. The Lord HE is GOD!
“Answer me, answer me so that this people may know. Show Your power. Send Your fire so this people may know that You, oh Lord, are God.” And God answers. The fire of the Lord falls, consumes up this offering and all this water that was around the trench, and causes all the people to bow on their faces and cry out, “The Lord, He is God. The Lord, He is God.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Possibly you have a problem which you have been trying to solve by yourself –- and you have failed! Ask the Lord to solve it for you. He can and He will perform a miracle for you, if it is for His glory to do so. He is a miracle-working God, and nothing is too hard for Him. Look up the following, and see how His power was put forth in the solution of His people’’s problems.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
This is the kind of God I need – with the power to handle my problems; with the knowledge to guide me through the mazes I face; with beauty that captures me and glory to command my allegiance; a God who is utterly different from me, yet calls me to become like Himself–a God who forgives me and has purposes for me; a God who is always there for me. Oh what unexplainable strength comes to us when, in the darkest night, we trust in the God of ELIJAH as our God!
Oh God, answer us, answer us, oh Lord, that this people, these individuals, these people groups might know that You, oh Lord, are God, and that You’ve turned their hearts back. May it be said that people, these individuals, others, would fall on their faces saying, “The Lord, He is God. The Lord, He is God.” Please, oh God, may it be so. We pray, we plead, in Jesus’s name. Amen.
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