Reading: 1 Kings 18: 20-21
A severe famine and drought has settled in on the land. As time drags on, people’s desperation rises. They question and doubt. Elijah is about the only prophet of God left alive. The prophets of the local folks apparently cannot persuade their gods to end the famine. Yet the people of Israel are still turning to these foreign gods.
Elijah had been in hiding to avoid being killed, but God sends him to meet with the king. Elijah first runs into Obadiah, the king’s right hand man, and arranges for a meeting. King Ahab agrees to meet with Elijah on Mount Carmel. Ahab agrees to Elijah’s demands to gather the Israelites and the prophets of Baal and Asherah. Elijah begins be asking the people how long they will waver. In essence Elijah is asking them to fully choose the Lord God. Their response: silence.
What is our response when the Holy Spirit whispers into our hearts and asks us how long we will waver between the ways of God and the ways of the world? “How long?” the Spirit asks. When we feel the conviction, we often choose God. But not always. Like the Israelites who were led astray by the world around them, we too can be drawn in by the things of the world. Like the Israelites who saw the people of the world and the gods they worshipped, we too see the gods our world worships. And at times we too chase after that bright, shiny object.
How long will you waver, O people of God? I can hear Elijah shouting this at the Israelites. But I can hear it being quietly whispered by the Holy Spirit as well. This day, O Lord, give the strength to fully choose Your ways. This day, Lord God, keep the path straight, remove the waver, and allow each to live fully for You and for Your glory.