The Lies Of Idols

1 Kings 18:40-46 (NIV)

 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

I can just imagine what the headlines would have read if there were newspapers in Elijah’s day.
The Living God is victorious!  
The Lord is God!
Down Goes Baal!
God demonstrated His power when Elijah’s sacrifice was consumed by fire from Heaven.  Then, God gave His people victory while Baal let his prophets die in the Kishon Valley.  They were slaughtered for their idolatry.  
Throughout Elijah’s story, we read of God’s tender care and His mighty power at the same time.  
  • God demonstrated His power over nature and brought drought upon the land for over 3 years because of one man’s prayer.
  • God cares for His people and He fed Elijah through ravens.
  • God cares for widows and He sustained the widow and her son.
  • God is near to those with broken hearts and He raised the widow’s son back to life after he had died.
  • God protected His prophets through Obadiah, though Ahab wanted them killed.
  • God proved His power and sovereignty as the one true God when the sacrifice Elijah offered was completely consumed.
  • ​God’s victory over the 450 prophets of Baal was complete when the rains fell.  ​
​For the first time in over three years, the storm clouds formed at God’s command and the rains fell upon the land of Israel.  God’s power was on display once again.  
The idols in our lives have no real power to satisfy our deepest needs.  They may give us moments of gratification, but they cannot sustain us.  Only God can do that.  He blesses us abundantly, while idols try to distract us.  He wants to be close to us, while idols try to pull us away from Him.  He loves us perfectly, while idols try to divide our hearts.  ​Don’t fall prey to the lies of idols.  The gods of silver and gold are no match for the one true living God whose heart beats with tender compassion for you.  His love can satisfy and sustain you if you will let it.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You.  The idols and distractions of this world seek my attention and my devotion.  Help me to be fully devoted to Jesus.  I don’t want my heart to be divided.  I want to be sold-out to You.  Give me the strength I need to reject the idols that vie for my love and loyalty.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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