Thursday, April 16, 2015

Battle Royale

Quiet has come to my corner of the world right now.  The only sound I hear other than my heartbeat is the intermitent sound of cars passing by on the road near my house.  
As each cars passes by, I try to imagine where they are going.  Perhaps someone is on their way to the hospital expecting their first child?  Or a loved one is making a run to the grocery store needind a late night snack?  It is more likely someone coming home from work at this the midnight hour.

Why am I blogging at 1258 in the morning?  Good question. 
Would you like an answer?  Can't sleep.  

I am going over in my mind the last 24 hours of my life trying to figure out some things.
Seeing as how I cannot change what has already come and gone, why ponder it?

Elijah's victory on Mount Carmel (1st Kings 18) stirs within my soul.  
Having read the story previously, I know that in the end God speaks to Elijah, asking "Why is he hiding from Jezebel?" After he had just killed the 850 prophets of Jezebels temples?
Surely Elijah would be dancing in the streets.  However, he is found in a cave lamenting his life because of a threat against his life.

Going backwards from there.  (V.38) The fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it kicked up the water that was in the trench. 
Elijah had just proven that there was only One True God in heaven and earth.  So the end result of the deaths of the priests was warranted.  They are false.

Going back further still, to the beginning.
King Ahab has gathered Israel and the 450 prophets of Baal together with the 400 prophets of Asherah on Mount Carmel.  All the participants have come together.  What will happen next?
Well, Elijah says something that explains my current post.  Speaking to the all who are on mountain, but mostly to the nation of Israel, Elijah says "How long will you falter between two opinions?  If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him."  But the people answered him not a word.
Just as silence filled the space then, it fills the space now as I consider the words my heart knows is true.  
"When will God become God of your life?"  
"When will He have to stop showing you His miracles to prove whom He is?
I stop and realize the implications of where I am in the will of God?  

Daily we must examine ourselves and guard against the dangers of idol living and to whom we offer our sacrifices to.  Will it be THE GOD or will it be a false god?  Looking at the totality of this lesson, Israel was three and a half years into a severe drought.  There is no water and no rain had not fallen from heaven the whole time.  Yet, the people do not see how far outside of the will of God they are.  The conditions around them closely mirrored their hearts regarding their relationship with the LORD.  Dry and barren.
  
Are you in a spiritual famine?  
Have you put up an alter to Baal? 

America is in a spiritual famine and it is only by the grace of God and the faithful prayers of the remnant that is keeping us in His remembrance.  But how long will God allow these things to continue?  
How long will it be before we realize the so called gods of this world are not real.  

This battle royale is for the souls of every man, woman and child on this planet.  
If we are one nation under God, then why do we have so many?