Oct 17, 2015, 6:28:10 PM10/17/15
"O BAAL, ANSWER US!"
"So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on
the name of Baal from morning till noon. `O Baal, answer us!' they
shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced
around the altar they had made" (1 Kings 18:26 NIV).
The story of the contest between Prophet Elijah and the prophets of
Baal on Mount Carmel to decide the true God is a fascinating one. The
people of Israel under the leadership of King Ahab and his wicked wife
Jezebel had abandoned the worship of the living God for Baal, one of
the fertility gods of Canaan (see 1 Kings 16:30-33). Jezebel had even
tried to exterminate all the prophets of the living God from the land
(see 1 Kings 18:4). After God had proved through Elijah that He is the
only one that can bring fertility, Elijah challenged the prophets of
Baal to a contest to determine the true God. The contest was that each
side would prepare a sacrifice and call on his god (or God) to send
fire to consume the sacrifice. Because of their large number, the
prophets of Baal firstly took their turn. They cried to Baal, their
god, to answer them from morning till evening, but there was no
response. They did all they could do to get response from Baal, but he
did not respond. Even the jests of Elijah could not make him to save
his adherents from the disgrace of their lives. Elijah on his turn did
not have to task himself much after he had repaired his altar and
filled it with water before the living God answered him and consumed
his sacrifice by fire.
Many of us are acting like those prophets of Baal today. We have
abandoned the living God for worldly things, and we are expecting
those things to give unto us what only God can give. We look unto
things like money, occupation, time, sports, pleasure, reputation,
position, children, spouse, or even our own self instead of God to
give us enjoyment, protection and security. We have placed more
priority on these things to the extent that God has been relegated to
the obscurity. And we can do anything to get what we want from these
"Baals," though most of the time they disappoint us at the crucial
moment of our life.
If you do not want to be disappointed, stop crying to these "Baals"
and turn to God. He is the only "refuge and strength, an ever-present
help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Help me, Lord, not to put my trust in people and mundane things.