Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Concession, please skip ahead to the application.
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 with composure. Notice how the Baal prophets acted: They leaped on the altar until it broke. They cut themselves. They were loud, showy, and charismatic. Why did they have to act this way? Their actions were all that was really there in regards to Baal. He wasn’t real…nothing would be done that they didn’t do.
Now see Elijah…. He rebuilt the altar. He prepared the sacrifice. He prayed. He had composure. There was no real show in what Elijah did. Everything he did, allowed God to get more glory.
Be a Christian with conviction. Don’t be afraid of concession. Operate with composure.
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.