Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 131/260: Elijah

Read 1 Kings 18:19-40

God is Always There for the Faithful

When Elijah challenged Ahab and his prophets of Baal, he knew that God would show Himself powerful. Elijah knew that Baal was the product of man’s imagination, whereas man is the creation of God. Baal does not really exist.

The scene must have been something to behold. Elijah sarcastically said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened” (1 Kings 18:27). Can you imagine Deity going on vacation?

The true God of heaven is always there for His children. He is never too busy for your prayers! Day or night, winter or summer, in good times or bad times, God wants to hear the desires of your heart. “Seeing then that we have a High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all pointed tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Jesus told His disciples just before His ascension, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). We should never be afraid to do what the Lord has commanded!

We have a promise from God that Baal could never make to his followers. The Hebrews writer said, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).

The creations of man can never provide anything for man, but the Creator of man can (and will) bless His creation. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

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