This is another blog that I wrote in May of 2009:
Remember the story in the Bible about how Elijah beat the prophets of Baal with God’s help? Here’s a slight refresher:
Elijah was proving to Israel and prophets of Baal that the Lord God of Israel was the only God. He told them, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” The people said nothing.
So Elijah proposed to have a contest to see which God would respond to their sacrifice. Basically, whichever god who answered by fire, he was God. The people agreed.
Elijah let the prophets go first. The prophets of Baal couldn’t get a breeze to blow and they were cutting themselves trying to get Baal’s attention. Elijah even taunted them with, “Maybe he’s in deep thought or maybe he’s busy or traveling.” They moaned and wailed and sliced away. Nothing. No response, even though they continued from morning until noon.
Elijah’s turn. He built an altar with 12 stones. Put wood on top, then the sacrifice. He commanded that 12 jars of water be brought and drenched the altar. They even dug a moat around it and it filled up with water. Logically speaking, wet things don’t burn, right?
With God, ALL things are possible. So with that in mind, here’s what ensued. God sent fire down fron Heaven, consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil and the Bible even tells us that it licked up the water in the trench.
The people then believed that the Lord God of Israel was God. Elijah then struck down and killed 450 prophets of Baal.
He had to be flying high in his mind about how awesome God is, don’tcha think? I know I would have been. Well, shortly thereafter, Queen Jezebel heard what he did to her prophets so she put a hit on him and he ran and went into hiding and wanted to die.
Well, think about it. He was on the mountain top and Satan basically pushed him off. He couldn’t stand it that God was prevailing so he jumped in and tapped into Elijah’s weak spot and sent him down the mountain.
After my mountain top experience last week, the enemy knocked me down. First, I attempted to burn a little of the dead pampas grass in my back yard and the fire managed to get out of control to the point that even after 3 hoses going and 5 gallon buckets of water from our pool, the fire department was called in. I was praying so hard out loud, “Lord help me!” I was shaking and embarrassed and I’m sure my neighbors wondered what in the world was going on. I’m so thankful that the Lord did send help via neighbors because I couldn’t leave the fire alone to get help. I could almost picture the enemy laughing at me.
Then my check engine light came on the van and it started sputtering and had to be taken to the shop.
The enemy was enjoying this, I’m sure. But he’s not getting to me. God is still in control and whatever He allows into my life is for a reason.
I met our new neighbors across the street via the fire fiasco and that was a blessing.
Not having my van was not an issue like it could have been. I had some out of town military folks coming in to look at houses Monday and he was gracious enough to drive. 8 hours later, they found a house they liked and put in an offer. We had a great time together and even compared notes on 16 year old girls and 19 year old boys.
I am learning and seeing that God is in every detail of our lives. Each day brings a new challenge but as long as God is in control and I give my day to Him first thing in the morning by spending time with Him, I respond properly to whatever challenge is thrown my way.
I honestly don’t know how people survive in this life without Jesus Christ. He’s my dearest friend. If you don’t know Him as Savior, won’t you trust Him today to be Lord of your life? Your life will never be the same and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. It’s easy and it’s free. All you have to do is ask!