1 Kings 18:23-24 “Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.”
The world has long been fascinated with the magical, the fantastical, and the spirit world. Stories have been told, pictures that portray these, and movies made to create a reality that God never intended us to know outside of His Word.
The rise of superheroes, the fascination with the occult, and fantasy all play into the adversary’s hand. He seeks to have mankind believe in anyone or anything but God. Man has long sought after signs and wonders as evidence of their faith.
Even in Jesus’ day, they sought for Him to do miracles to prove He was God.
Luke 11:16 “And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.”
So I ask, what brought the children of Israel to the point of needing proof of the existence of God?
At that time, Ahab was a wicked king. Jezebel, his wife, supported and promoted the evil he did. The nation was in the throes of drought and famine. Ahab sought to wipe out any and all that followed after the one, true, living God.
He killed as many of the prophets as he could find. Obadiah, the governor of Ahab’s house, was a godly man who hid one hundred prophets to protect them.
By the time we reach Mount Carmel for the showdown between God and the people’s unbelief, there was such a dearth of faith that any sign could have swayed the people.
God loves His people and would not allow this to be anything but a glorious display of His power.
Then, the prophet Elijah prayed a sixty-three-word prayer, and fire fell from Heaven.
Often, the thought of commanding such power entices us. Even the disciples had heard of Elijah’s fame. To the place they wanted Jesus to cause fire to fall upon those they saw as adversaries.
Luke 9:54 “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?”
Jesus rebukes them for not having the proper perspective.
Luke 9:55-56 “But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”
Which brought me to this thought, “Do I need to see God’s power to believe?”
I can tell you, the thought is enticing.
Pride wants the ability to command such power.
Unbelief wants to see some display of power.
Doubt keeps us from believing that God will show up with power at the time I need Him most.
Satan will serve up as many examples of false power to draw even the believer away from God. Many are duped into thinking they can wield power as a witch or warlock. In the beginning, they believe themselves in control.
In the end, they realize all too late that they have been tricked by the deceiver into thinking they possessed the power to manipulate and destroy.
The one true and living God is the only one who is all-powerful. He is the God of fire, God of Love, God of Light, and the God of the universe. He is the God of the impossible.
Any and all eternal fruit I see in my life happened because God wrought it. The apostle Paul admitted as much.
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
He came to realize that it was God moving in and through him, that brought the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
The main thought today is not that I possess any power in and of myself. It is that my Heavenly Father does and desires to reveal it through me as He chooses.
I know of God’s power personally because He changed that which I could not.
I could not save myself from certain destruction. Try though I may, I could not stop my addictive behavior. It was God and His power that not just changed me but transformed me into what I am today.
My spirit came alive. I knew and felt that change as the Holy Spirit took up residence within.
This June 18th, it will be 31 years that I have been a child of God. It is a watershed date in that on June 19th, I will have lived more for Christ than I did for the devil. I have so desired that I could have that testimony for Him.
I have gotten to know the God of fire, God of Light, and the God of Love in that time.
He is so much more to me now than at the beginning.
Can I say that what has made all the difference is a constant, daily seeking of His power and His presence in my life? I have failed Him miserably. He has never failed me.
Over the years, my confidence and assurance have grown by faith. It did not need the miraculous, though I have seen miracles. It did not need the fantastical, yet, I have seen Him in the simplest of things.
In a sunrise, a flower, the intricacies of a snowflake, the stars, and the changing of the seasons. I have also seen the restoration of a life and relationships that seemed impossible to repair.
Knowing I am a child of the God who, at any moment, can cause fire to fall from Heaven is comforting.
Not that He will, but that He can!