“THE LORD IS GOD!” (1Kings 18:39)
📖1 Kgs 18:20-39; Ps 16:1-2a, 4, 5 and 8, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 5:17-19
Whenever you take up your bible to read the encounter between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal (1Kings 18:17-40), do not be distracted so much by the drama and the numbers. Though the numbers are all very significant, the underlying message is the fact of God’s love and his supremacy over all.
Note that that encounter is not a PROOF of God’s supremacy (God does not engage in any contest with anyone or anything since he made and owns everyone and everything). It is rather a SIGN of God’s supremacy showcasing God’s love for his people which made him to want to make the people turn their hearts back to him (1Kings 18:37). He wants the people to trust him and cast all their worries under him because with him, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
👉My dear, do you think that the number of your problems/worries are greater than 450 prophets of Baal (1Kings 18:22) or deeper than the trench containing 12 jars of waterns (1Kings 18:33-35), with each jar probably containing twenty or thirty gallons (cf. John 2:6)?
👉Are your enemies greater than over six hundred chariots of Pharaoh that got drowned in the red sea (Exod 14:6-7, 28)?
👉Is the level of your hunger greater than the over 5000 men fed by Jesus with only 5 loaves and 2 fishes (Matt 14:17-21; Mark 6:37-44; Luke 9:13-17; John 6:8-13)?
👉Is your health condition worst than the condition of that man with 38 years sickness, who got healed by Jesus (John 5:5-9)?
Do you not see that God is bigger than all your problems? He is God without beginning or end. He still goes about doing good. He is controlled by love.
Trust him and follow him by keeping his laws and ordinances, which Jesus upheld (cf. Matt 5:17-19). As you do so, may your hope in God never fail you. Amen.
Have a beautiful day under the protection and provision of the Lord. Peace be with you.