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.” (I Kings 18:21)
Hmm, hit the snooze or not? Wear suit or jeans today? What’s for breakfast? From the morning alarm until you find the pillow again that night, your days are filled with decisions. Each decision leads to another which leads to another. The course of your day is determined by the quality of decisions you make. There is one decision, however, that affects every aspect of your life. Will you depend on yourself or on the Lord today? If you are to live effectively as a follower of Jesus Christ, you must learn to live in total dependence upon Him every day. Life in Christ requires simple obedience and an authentic commitment to the will of God. If you choose to live in disobedience to the Lord, you will live enslaved to fear which results in disillusionment and oppression. Fear occurs when you believe your problems and challenges are greater than the Lord.
When you live in dependence upon Him, you remember the promises He has made. He will always keep every one of His promises. He is trustworthy. Elijah understood the trustworthiness of
the Lord. He realized the Lord’s presence was greater than his fear or his circumstances. Although he stood alone, Elijah remained committed to the Lord’s assignment. He was not oblivious to the presence of the prophets of Baal since he took the time to number all 450 of them, but he did not allow their presence to hinder him or to fracture his faith in the Lord.
Never forget what the Lord can do. He is simply waiting for you to seek His face. When you come into His holy presence with requests in hand, He hears you. Step back and watch God answer. Elijah stepped back and the consuming fire of God fell. It liberated the prophet and eradicated God’s enemies. God’s fire can do the same for you.
“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.” — George Müller
Father God, I want to have the faith of Elijah. Please help me to trust you with every detail of my life, big and small. Please give me the courage to follow you into all the places I would never go by myself. I want to speak of all you have done in my life and I want my life to bring glory to Your name. In the powerful name of Your Son, Jesus, I ask these things. Amen.