According to my word.
—1 Kings 17:1
Read 1 Kings 17:1-16; Deuteronomy 11:16-17
Elijah appeared suddenly and spoke God’s message with power and authority. This message was like a burning torch in his hand, and his appearance created a great disturbance. The name Elijah, which means “my God is the Lord,” was actually an accusation against the Israelites, for they had forgotten the Lord their God.
Elijah has not left us any written material, performing the will of Lord instead by his actions. The Word of God was experienced as a word in action; it was concrete and straightforward, not to be misunderstood. In his own estimation, Elijah felt puny. However, he became powerful when he was called on to proclaim God’s judgment.
In those days, Israel served the gods Baal and Ashtaroth. It was convenient and easy for them to bring offerings to them, and they thought to fulfill their duty that way. Moreover, they could also let loose their lusts in the dark woods of Ashtaroth. Are not the times in which we live very similar? How appealing to have no restraints and just let go with unbridled passion. This is what the world of amusement and entertainment is all about.
Diametrically opposed to this, however, is the clear testimony of the Son of God: Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
What idols are present in your surroundings?