Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

1 Kings 18:30-39 NLT


[30] Then Elijah called to the people, “Come over here!” They all crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been torn down. [31] He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel, [32] and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of the LORD. Then he dug a trench around the altar large enough to hold about three gallons. [33] He piled wood on the altar, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the pieces on the wood. Then he said, “Fill four large jars with water, and pour the water over the offering and the wood.” [34] After they had done this, he said, “Do the same thing again!” And when they were finished, he said, “Now do it a third time!” So they did as he said, [35] and the water ran around the altar and even filled the trench. [36] At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. [37] O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” [38] Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! [39] And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD—he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”

Reflection . . .

Perhaps one of the most well known of the miracles in the Old Testament, this event demonstrated God’s mighty power over the false gods. After soaking the alter with water and filling the trench around it, Elijah calls upon the Lord to demonstrate his power and might. The people certainly would have had doubts that Elijah’s God would be able to cast fire and burn up such a wet sacrifice, but he did.

What in your life seems extremely impossible? Think on that for a while and name it. Then, pray and ask the Lord to do what He wants in and through it so that He might receive all the glory! It’s not about what we want, what might make us look better or even make things easier for us. It’s about giving all the honour and glory to God because of who He is.