Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Conviction, 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
We see Elijah is a man who doesn’t mind a little concession. That is to say he didn’t mind giving a little. He let the Baal prophets go first. He let the contest be based on fire, Baal was supposedly the storm god responsible for lightening…so this should be easy for him. He put water around his sacrifice. Did you ever give head starts or spot points as a child? The fastest guy always had to give a head start in a race. The tall guy had to spot points in basketball. Sometimes convincing the other party or even getting them onto the field requires a bit of concession.
Often people of conviction really struggle also being people who don’t mind concession. We are so set on what we know, what we love, what we are convinced is right that we will not budge. We won’t even budge enough to allow the other party room to move over to our side. What was the point Elijah was trying to make here? That he was right and they were wrong? No, he wanted to prove that God was God…not Baal.
Elijah was a man of conviction, but he didn’t mind conceding a bit to allow the other side to see what he knew. You catch more flies with honey… Don’t be afraid to give a little.
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.