December 12th – 1 Kings 18:17-24, 36-39

 

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If I were you, I would read the whole 18th chapter. It’s too good to miss a single word.
This is one of my favorite Bible stories. In this chapter, we see a showdown of cataclysmic proportions between Elijah’s God and the prophets of Baal, the prophets of Asherah, and Baal.

CAN YOU IMAGINE?

God showed Himself as mighty, faithful, and holy in a dramatic scene as “the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in trenches.” 1 Kings 18:38

AGAIN… CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?

God revealed Himself as superior over Baal in a move that left no doubts.
I want everyone to see God in this way. I want others to see Him as mighty and sovereign – powerful – in a world that distorts and blatantly mocks Him.
There have been so many times in Scripture we have seen God reveal Himself to His people and this hopelessly lost world in grand ways… dramatic… and commanding.
But the MOST amazing demonstration of His power, His might, and His love was the gift of Himself through Jesus.
We don’t think of the Christmas story as a showdown. It doesn’t feel dramatic or powerful to most people. Most think the Christmas story feels sweet and soft and safe…
We aren’t necessarily overwhelmed by God’s might or power in the birth of a baby in a manger, an angel messenger sharing the news with lowly shepherds and the praises of a great company of heavenly hosts over a hillside.

BUT WE SHOULD BE.

Advent should be a time where we almost hold our collective breath in anticipation of the grand demonstration of God’s power and love.
It was a showdown. The God of heaven came down to us in the form of a fragile human child. He challenged everything that had to do with the world order and its sinful people.
Let the story… the knowledge… that the God of heaven in a magnificent display of his might … revealed himself to his people as only He could do.

LET THAT CATCH YOUR BREATH AND OVERWHELM YOU IN THESE DAYS OF ADVENT.

Almighty God,
I know in my head that you alone are God, but I don’t always believe it in my heart. If I did, I would handle so many situations differently. We live in a world that has so many little gods, and I know that my attention and affection often wanders from you. Forgive me for watering down the magnitude of who you are. Forgive me for not making more of you. I truly don’t want to miss the glory of you. I want you to overwhelm me in the details. Open my eyes to the small things where you show yourself as mighty. Train my eyes to see you in my moments…
Help me be faithful in my moments…
Amen.

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