“Perhaps your god is asleep or busy or traveling or deep in thought.”
This is Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. (I Kings 18:20-39).
“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him, but if Baal is God, follow him. But the people said nothing. ”
Elijah decided to put an end to this doubting. He had the the prophets of Baal put a bull on the fire, prepare the wood for the fire, but not light the fire. He would do the same. They’d see which god came through.
They called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. There was no response.
So Elijah had to taunt them just a little.
Those poor Baal folks. They never got a response.
Elijah now built an altar. He dug a trench around it. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he told the people to pour water on the wood. Elijah told them to do this three times.
Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
Lo and behold, there came the fire and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the soil, and licked up the water in the trench.
When the people saw, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord he is God!”
We have a Bible full of God’s miracles. We have His handiwork all around us. We have the witness of many people. What more do we need?
There are still doubters today. But the God of Elijah is still working in lives all around the world. Even in this Eastern land, He is speaking to people through the Bible, through visions and through His people.
How long will you waver?
I want the people to know I am His servant.