Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 34)
Elijah said to the people, 'I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.'
1 King 18:22-24 (NKJV)
Elijah was God's powerful prophet. He destroyed hundreds of evil prophets in what might be called a holy cook-off. It's a funny and ferocious story of God's Hand being shown to a bad king--and to His children the king had misled.*
Elijah is one of two Bible men who never died, but went straight up to God.** With these and more daring deeds being true, Elijah also showed human frailties, such as burnout, depression, loneliness and a fear that sent him into hiding.
God fed, led and answered His sad prophet. He brought a successor to assist him. Consider some imperfect hero facts:
1) The best of people suffer fear and doubt.
2) God understands and He will come to us.
3) He will straighten us out and bring us help.
4) He will never leave us or forsake us.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What is the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal?https://www.gotquestions.org/Elijah-prophets-Baal.html
** Short article: Why did God take Enoch and Elijah to heaven without them dying?
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.