The Need of the Moment

“How long will you hesitate between two opinions?” Elijah said. “If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.
(I Kings 18:21)

Elijah was at the right place at the right time—the one remaining prophet of God—to challenge the 450 prophets of Baal. He said, “You call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people said, “Good idea.”

How could Elijah be so certain of God’s actions? I don’t know, but it’s clear that if Elijah’s prophecy were not fulfilled, he would not have been a true prophet, and his words would have been subsequently ignored. The contest took place. Despite all they did, the prophets of Baal didn’t get a response. Elijah asked God to exonerate His Name so that all the people would know He was God, and “the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” (I Kings 18:38)

While we may not be called, as Elijah was, to go out on a limb, we, too, will most likely find ourselves uniquely positioned to speak to some in our sphere of influence. Fortunately for us, God gave us guidelines: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)

From June readings for Days 9, 10, and 11
I Kings 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18
Psalms 119:65-72, 119:73-80, and 119:81-88
Luke3:1-20, 3:21-38, and 4:1-12
Ephesians 4:25-32, 5:1-21, and 5:22-33

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