Day 16: Persevere
Today, I want to go into one of my favorite stories in the bible. Elijah’s story. Elijah was a prophet from God. One particular part that we will be diving into is when Elijah challenged the false God of Baal.
“Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” 1 Kings 18:24
This challenge took place in front of the people of Israel along with the 50 prophets of Baal who at that moment began calling out to their Gods but were left with no response.
At noon Elijah began to taunt them.
“Shout louder!” he said, “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 1 Kings 18:27
As you can see Elijah was so sure, confident and faith-filled on the God we serve, that he even taunted them.
Then it was Elijah’s turn to call out on the one true God and God hearkened on to his voice and did what Elijah said.
And all the people saw that God was Lord.
Elijah did a great thing. He proved to the people who was God and He even witnessed God’s power over his word and life.
After that word was told to Jezebel who was queen of Israel at that time. Her God was Baal so you can imagine that she became furious and even threatened Elijah!
You would think after doing such a faith filled thing and seeing GOD show up that Elijah would stand with that same confidence as he did in front of the people including the 50 false prophets.
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 1 Kings 19:3
On the contrary, Elijah became fearful.
I want to encourage you today, this is something that deeply speaks to me because I’ve faced many instances that I’d accomplish something that was great and in front of many people that required faith, but for some reason, after all was said and done, I would just want to hide under a rock and disappear my self.
You will have instances like this, but take heart love, it’s part of the journey.
“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4
There’s a reason why in Galatians 6:9 is incredibly powerful.
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