[ecko_quote source="1 Kings 18:21"]And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people answered him not a word.[/ecko_quote]
The above scripture has been a great blessing and a great challenge to my Christian walk. There are only two options available to us right from the beginning of creation. Sadly, most chose the wrong one and lived a life of temporary happiness and willingness to separate from the Lord eternally. In our last devotion, I talked about the subject of prayer. In this devotion, I say “prayer is our greatest Christian privilege but with guilt, we might as well admit that it has been our biggest failure as Christians.
One great difference between Christianity and all other religions is that the believer has a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering, God. Dear saints, please remember that this is a great encouragement for us to pray without ceasing. In the above scripture, during a contest with Elijah, the priests of Baal made desperate efforts to speak with their gods by crying out and cutting themselves but had no success. It tells us, “But there was no voice; no one answered (1King 18:26). However, we note when Elijah called the name of the Lord, the Lord responded immediately and sent the fire from above. “Now when all the people's saw it, they fell on their faces, and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God” (1 King 18:36-39). Similarly, the Psalmist says, “But certainly God has heard me, He has attended to the voice of my prayer” (Psalm 66:19).
Dear saints, Elijah’s challenge, still stands as a challenge for you and me. We often live in a worldly manner, fulfilling the appetite of flesh. One leg in the Church and the other one in the world. Our Lord said, "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other” (Luke 16:13). "I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other" (Revelation 3:15). How long will you falter between two opinions and how long would you desire to have a friendship with the world? Stop, turn towards our Lord, so that you may obtain mercy.
Dear saints, it is a serious business working around with two opinions, living, and practising sin. These words might appear harsh, but God's life-giving medicine awaits. Follow the Lord truly and live an abundance life (John 10:10)
“God is not interested in our past but our destination” - Angus Buchan