“Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” - 1 Kings 18:37
Elijah was the last of the prophets alive in Israel who still served and worshipped the one true God. Israel had rebelled and had opened its heart to other gods. As a result, a drought fell upon the land. Word was sent to the king and a great showdown was called for between the 450 prophets of Baal and the lone prophet of God. Two altars of wood were prepared and when the prophets of Baal tried to call down fire from Heaven, nothing happened. Elijah soaked the altar three times with water, so much so that there was even water pooling around the base of the altar.
There stood Elijah, the lone prophet, crying out to heaven for a sign of God’s presence. Suddenly, “[T]he fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38). God showed His presence in a very real and tangible way. When the people saw this, they fell to the ground in worship crying, “The Lord, He is God.”
Afterwards, Elijah fled into the wilderness in fear for his own life. Queen Jezebel had ordered his death, but God did not leave him alone or abandon him. Instead, God spoke to him of a faithful remnant, assuring Elijah that he was not alone. There, in the wilderness, God also met his physical needs by providing fresh water and hot bread. The truth is, like Elijah, we too are never alone or forgotten by God. He is faithful to give us signs of His continual presence in our lives.
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