“God Shows Up”

This Weeks Meditation:  “God Shows Up!”
Read: 1 Kings 18:16-40

This passage is the story of Elijah’s challenge to the prophets of Baal.  I encourage you to read it!  If you have read it many times before try reading it in a different version or translation this time.  The Message Bible provides a very interesting paraphrase of this passage.

While the particular details of this story would not really happen in our culture today (some of them are actually a bit disturbing) the testimony of Elijah’s faith and trust in his God is something we need to heed and proclaim.

Just like in the days of the idol Baal we live in a culture that is full of similar yet different idols that take our eyes off of God.  We don’t have large wooden or stone idols in most of our communitites that people worship or bow down to, but we do have the idols of self, money, materialism, hobbies, technology, __________ (Help me out, you add an idol here that I have left out).

The truth is, there are many!  And just like Elijah, we are called by God to speak out against the false idols in our culture and proclaim the sustaining power of the one true God of heaven in which we serve.  We must do it with confidence and yet retain the humble spirit that resembles Jesus Christ.

In this passage Elijah is portrayed as a bit arrogant in his confidence in God and that has often disturbed me.  I would hope that we can show the same confidence and trust that he does but in a manner that allows the act to speak for itself.  I have never been keen on athletes that show their arrogance and I don’t think it’s a good witnessing tool for Christians either.

Even though this story has some confusing elements to it, the example for us is very important.  Speak up for God and never doubt God’s ability to overcome any idol or false god of this world.  We are the messengers sent to proclaim to the world that God will show up when you believe in Him and call on Him in your life!

Make it personal:  What are some ways you can be a witness to your family and friends?  How can you provide opportunities like Elijah’s that provide evidence of Christ’s work in your life?  Be ready to speak out against the false gods of this world and be ready to show God’s power by calling on His name.  He will show up!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minsiter of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church