Gina Caswell Kelly
I have been reading out of 1st and 2nd Kings in my Bible lately. I love Old Testament. I know that to many people, it is pretty boring, but I love it. I love the stories of God’s forgiveness of His people over and over.
There is a story in 1 Kings about Elijah. Elijah was a prophet of God in those days. In Kings, it will talk about one king and say, “He followed in the footsteps of his father David, and served God.” Or it will say, “He forgot the teachings of his father David and did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Well, Elijah came along and he told the evil king at that time that God was going to shut up the skies and there would be no rain for several years. Lots of stories in the middle, but then God tells Elijah to tell the king it is finally going to rain. Of course, the king blamed the no rain on Elijah and Elijah reminded him that it was his evil actions and the following of other gods, Baal in this case, that caused God to stop the rain.
Then Elijah tells King Ahab to bring 450 prophets of Baal to Mount Carmel. The first thing Elijah told the people in the presence of these prophets and their evil king was, “How long will you waver between two gods? If God is god, then serve Him, but if Baal is god, then serve him.” And it says the people had no answer. There is a whole lesson right here. How long will we waver on who to serve?
Oh sure, we don’t openly serve Baal, or any other of the so called gods that we can name, but we serve other gods by putting them in front of the One True God. There are those who think that all the calamity we are seeing in our world is God’s judgment on a world that has turned from Him. I don’t know. I am not going to speak to that. But I will say this, if God used drought and disaster and disease to bring His people back to Him in the Old Testament, He can certainly do it today. And who are we to think we will never feel God’s punishment if we do not finally put Him first? I don’t know the answer here.
What I do know is this, we cannot continue to let other things take the place of God in our lives. We cannot continue to allow what God called sin to go unchecked in the name of political correctness. We cannot continue to expect blessings on a nation that seems bent on going further and further from God.
How long will you waver between two Gods? If God is God, then serve Him! It is just that simple. He is either the Lord of your life, or He is not. He either has first place in your heart, or He has last place. Simple as that. The people in Elijah’s day had no answer. Do you?
Serve the One True God with all your heart, soul and mind. Today. It will make a difference.