Applications from 1 Kings
In this text we read of the show down between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal…or God and Baal. Elijah sets up the situation to prove who is really God. We will put out a sacrifice. Whoever can get his god to send fire wins. He allows the Baal prophets to go first. After they fail Elijah takes his turn successfully.
While the story is very fun to read and very helpful to our faith, I
would like to show you 3 things about Elijah’s character from this
From the text we can see that Elijah is a man of conviction. In fact we could also say that the prophets of Baal had conviction. Both believe their god to be the solution to Israel’s problem. Both are willing to publicly put their faith to the test.
Elijah says, “I am the only prophet of God left who will stand against Baal and Jezebel.” Times when we feel like we are ‘the only one’ are times when our conviction is tested. We learn tonight that being a person of conviction works.
What is conviction? A strong persuasion or belief. The state of being convinced. I was always taught that a conviction is something you would die for, everything else is a preference. This led me to stop saying ‘convictions’ and just say conviction. Realistically, there is very little that I would die for.
Elijah was a man of conviction. It is important to note that he had properly placed
conviction. The prophets of Baal had as much conviction as Elijah: thy publicly prayed, cut themselves, and prophesied. However, their conviction achieved little. Elijah’s conviction was rooted in Almighty God.
We should be people of conviction, especially in regards to God. Our faith should be the one thing we are so convinced of we would die for it. We must be careful to not allow ourselves to have misplaced conviction like these Baal prophets did. Because many things in life require give and take. Elijah also had this as part of his character.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.