Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” When they drew near to him, he repaired the altar of the Lord which had been destroyed…At the time for offering sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came forward and said, “Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord! Answer me, that this people may know that you, Lord, are God and that you have turned their hearts back to you.” 1 Kings 18:30, 36-37
Today we enjoy the fascinating narrative of Elijah the prophet of God during the reign of King Ahab. We see how prophets in general were not well liked by authorities, because their message was an uncomfortable one, challenging those he went to, to see their ways and their need for change. Elijah was sent to help Israel return to God and to worship him alone. Not an easy task in a culture that widely accepted worship of multiple gods. Israel stood out as an odd people with their worship of a single God. Over time, they became slack in their faith, adopted the local customs of worship, and sadly, began to see the Creator of all Things as just one of many gods.
The gods we honor may not be idols of the magnitude of the time of Elijah, but we would be fools to deny that we can have things that get in our way from full honor to God.
It is for this reason, we all need prophets who come into our lives to lead us deeper into the truths of our faith. In those moments, we can choose to embrace the vision they hold up of how we are living our lives and choose to turn back to God, or we can stay in our comfort and pretend that everything is right.
What do you choose today? Let us pray with the psalmist (141:3-4):
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing…
May God bless you.