Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No Barriers for God

I like to read the story of Elijah in 1 Kings.  In 1 Kings 18, Elijah is challenging the Priests of Baal. The Priests of Baal prepare the sacrifice of a bull.  They pray to Baal to start the fire of the sacrifice, but there is no answer.   Elijah prepares the altar of the Lord (that had been torn down).  After preparing the bull for sacrifice, he has four jars of water poured on the offering and the wood.  And then again. And then a third time.  Water ran everywhere.  Elijah prayed, and the Lord brought fire that consumed the offering and even the water.  

Why did he go through all of that?  Was it to show God's power to the priests of Baal?  Maybe, but is there more?

What can we learn from this?  As I read it, I thought that perhaps it could be a reminder to us that there are no barriers that can stop God.  The altar had been torn down, but is rebuilt.  Even 12 large jars of water can't stop the fire.  Even the doubt of many of the people who are standing there can't stop God.  Even the opposition of people like Jezebel can't stop God.  No matter what we do, God can make a way.

That's a grace-filed and comforting lesson for us to remember

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