Halting Between Two Opinions
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long
halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if
Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 18:21
Read 1 Kings 18:21-29
Elijah spoke honestly to the people of Israel. Religiously, they were halting
between two opinions. On the one hand, they were willing to accept the
service of the Lord, but they were just as willing to acknowledge Baal and
Ashtoreth. They were not concerned about God’s demand that they serve
Him alone with all their heart and strength. The nation was intent on combining
the service of the Lord with that of their idols.
Have you also seen this happening in your surroundings? Do you have
friends and colleagues who attend church on Sundays but serve modern day
idols during the week? Alas, many church attendees bow to the gods of
mammon and entertainment. Since Baal and Ashtoreth were fertility gods,
their worship involved immoral acts. But God’s Word draws strict boundaries
with respect to immorality and uncleanness; they must be resisted! It
is impossible to serve two masters. The Lord demands all of your life. He
requires that we strive against all manner of transgressions against His Law.
Do you dare speak to others if they are living a double life? Are you halting
between two opinions? Are you trying to combine the service of the living
God with that of modern day idols? The devil thinks that is fine! He knows
what the end result will be. Therefore, stop trying to serve two incompatible
deities. Serve the God of heaven and earth alone, the one true God.
Whoever serves the Lord will never be put to shame.
Thought: An open Bible and unwise internet use are incompatible.
Psalter 91:1, 2 (based on Psalm 35)
God guards the good with watchful eye, His ear attentive to their cry.
Against the wicked sets His face, From earth their memory to erase.
The righteous cry, Jehovah hears, And rescues them from all their fears;
The Lord draws nigh to broken hearts, To contrite spirits help imparts.