ABC Bible Character Faith Series

Is Your Faith Misplaced?

Lessons from Elijah by Aaron Muzira

The story at Mt. Carmel is found in 1 Kings 18:19-40, where we see Elijah humiliating and defeating the prophets of Baal.  The prophet of God stood before Ahab, demanding that all the people of Israel be gathered to meet him and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. We see the man of God speaking with high authority using words like “Send,” which was a command.

Elijah was able to issue such a command because he was standing in the very presence of Jehovah, and we see King Ahab obeying at once as if the prophet was a monarch, and the king a subject. “God’s authority supersedes the highest authority of humanity”

Some simple facts about Mt. Carmel are that it overlooked a wide expanse of the country. It was very visible from many parts of the kingdom of Israel because of its height. You can compare it to today’s Alps that we have in different countries. And at the base of Carmel, there were several vantage points from which you could see pretty much of what took place at the peak of it.

Many of the altars of Baal were situated at the base of the mountain where God had been notably dishonoured by the idolatrous worship that took place there. Elijah through God’s guidance chose this elevated point as the most conspicuous place to display God’s power and for the vindication of His name.

Here are key lessons from Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Baal.

  • Your faith must be grounded in God

Having faith is not what matters most in the life of a Christian. I know this may sound odd or even a blasphemous statement, but what matters is where/whom we have our belief in. That makes the whole paradigm shift. These prophets of Baal had faith and they fully believed in the god they worshipped with all their heart and mind but their faith was futile because the person in whom they put their faith was worthless and helpless. Therefore, you need to ask yourself a personal question, “Where is my faith? In whom is my faith grounded?” Because your answers to these questions will tell so much about the current spiritual life you are living and what happens to the petitions and prayers you make daily.

  • God has only one face

Many Christians today are practicing idolatry either consciously or unconsciously. We need to understand what idolatry is. This is when you, as a believer, give high reverence to something other than God who created the heavens and the earth. Meaning all your worship is to a counterfeit.

Idolatry can take several forms or shapes in our generation today, money, job, family, ministry, cars and so many others can be an idol in your life as a Christian. God’s command is clear and bold enough: “You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Unashamed, unterrified, the prophet stands before the multitude, fully aware of his commission to execute the divine command. His countenance is lighted with an awful solemnity. In anxious expectancy, the people wait for him to speak. Looking first upon the broken-down altar of Jehovah, and then upon the multitude, Elijah cries out in clear, trumpetlike tones, “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.”

The people answer him not a word. Not one in that vast assembly dare reveal loyalty to Jehovah. Like a dark cloud, deception and blindness had overspread Israel. Not all at once had this fatal apostasy closed about them, but gradually, as from time to time they had failed to heed the words of warning and reproof that the Lord sent them. Each departure from right-doing, each refusal to repent, had deepened their guilt and driven them farther from Heaven. And now, in this crisis, they persisted in refusing to take their stand for God.PK pp 147

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” – Psalm 115.4-8

In conclusion, the God we worship is a jealous God, He demands our whole affection, and He desires an intimate relationship with each one of us. Having our allegiance divided is something that God hates. He has been very bold and clear throughout the bible for us to choose today whom to serve. You are either for the Lord or against Him. He will not at any point permit or accept compromise and double standards. You must decide whom you serve. You must declare it yourself.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matthew 6.24

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelation 3.15-16

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