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simple part 2

June 28, 2013

In 1 Kings 18: 20-30 Elijah has challenged the people of Israel to a dual to see who proves to be the true God. The prophets of Baal jump through every hoop imaginable to try to get their god’s attention. For hours they called, shouted, danced, shouted louder, and even cut themselves “until the blood gushed out”. * There was no response.

Listen to the contrast; catch the simplicity. “Then Elijah called to the people, ‘Come over here!’ ”  I instantly feel the Presence of our God of peace when I read that verse.  The only One Who can come through is about to.  The yelling stopped. The dancing ceased. The slashing of human flesh came to a halt. I can almost hear the hush as the people, prophets, and king all watched Elijah. It must have taken quite a while as he prepared the sacrifice for the Lord (verses 30-35). I’m sure with a large crowd there were people talking among themselves and an occasional shout from one person or another, but not the collective roar that there had been. Instead I believe they were attentively watching to see what this “magician” would do. Unaware they were learning for the future, they took in every movement of Elijah. His actions were simple. His words were few. Then he prayed a very simple prayer. Each word was directly to the point. “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. 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.” (1 Kings 18:36-37*) Simple produced miraculous. Simple tapped the true Source. Simple was all God had waited for. Fire fell from the sky. It engulfed the sacrifice, the wood, stones, dust, and even the water in the trench (verse 38). How dramatic!

As we walk away from what we know to be truth we complicate our lives. It’s not necessary. Simple words. Simple actions. That’s all God wants. Let Him produce the results. That’s His responsibility, not ours. Keep it simple.

*New Living Translation

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