DAY 2: Elijah vs. the Prophets of Baal
What is the most spectacular thing you’ve ever seen God do in your own life, or in the life of somebody else you know? It was a truly awesome experience, right?
Well, while king Ahab is running the nation of Israel into the ground, there’s one man of God who remains faithful to Him. This man of God, Elijah, is about to draw a line in the sand. He offers a contest of sorts, him and his God vs. 850 other prophets and their little-g gods. With the odds so heavily in their favor, king Ahab and prophets of Baal agree to the terms of the contest.
And for the spectators who show up — which likely includes thousands and thousands of people — this contest doesn’t disappoint. It goes on for hours and hours. As the prophets of Baal continue to be unsuccessful, Elijah loudly mocks them. He goes so far as to ask if their little-g god is relieving himself in the bathroom. When it’s all said and done, God shows up and clearly wins the contest. King Ahab may have been humiliated, but he still doesn’t choose to trust God.
As you read today, consider this: What do you find most interesting about this story?
READING & JOURNALING:
What do you find most interesting about the story of Elijah vs. the prophets of Baal?
Why do you think king Ahab continued to show a lack of trust in God after witnessing this event?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 10 & 11
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, there is a lot about this story of Elijah vs. the prophets of Baal that are interesting. It’s an excellent reminder that even though there may be dozens, or hundreds of others around me who are not following You, You continue to hold onto me, and You provide me the strength to continue to hold onto You. I’m so grateful for that!
Today, in the same way Elijah showed his sincere devotion to You, I commit to living out my sincere devotion to You. May others see me as fully, wholeheartedly committed to You in all things. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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