1 Kings 18

1 Kings 18:1-46

SUMMARYFire starter

OVERVIEWElijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a duel, and God provides a victory.

BIG IDEAGod has authority over all people and things.

KEY VERSE1 Kings 18:39 (the people respond after God miraculously provides)
And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”

Are you looking for victory? Look to me. Do not waste time looking for answers in the world when I am available now. Don’t go shopping for the latest and greatest, comparing my qualities to what the world offers. I am everything you need. Always. I am a God of miracles. I have proven myself time and time again, and there’s an abundance of examples of my provision that are unknown to you. I protect and provide because I love you. 

Make me your first choice. Learn to trust me from the start. I don’t say that for my ego. I say that for your safety and health. I see what happens when you don’t trust me, so protect yourself and surrender to me today and every day. Don’t wait to believe me or step out in faith only when everything lines up just the way you want. That’s not faith. And don’t go before me, either, expecting me to protect you from foolishness. Instead, wait on me, and when I lead you, follow me with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. I am with you, and when I am with you, you can rest.

Is there something God wants you to trust him for that you struggle to do? Have you chosen an “easier” or “more acceptable” path? Take time to identify what prevents you from trusting God. Is it fear of failure? Are you afraid of what others may think? Talk it over with God and a trusted friend, and then take the next step of faith God offers.