“Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” Ahab and his wife and people all over Israel abandoned God and his ways (commands), and were encountering some trouble.
Elijah answered that no, he was not the one to blame for the trouble–in fact, they themselves were. They were the ones who turned against God and turned to false idols instead. Maybe that’s why trouble was happening.
So Elijah prompted Ahab to have a gathering on the matter. He asked Ahab to gather people from all over Israel to a mountain called Mount Carmel, including 450 Baal worshipers and 400 Asherah worshipers. It ended up being quite a large crowd that day!
Elijah stood before the crowd, saying, “How long will you waiver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
The two parties–Elijah and the “other god” worshipers–agreed to test their gods. They arranged an agreement both parties were satisfied with, and then began the test. The “other god” worshipers went first with their testing, which ended up being an all day affair. They spent all day calling upon their gods, even prophesying. Finally, nothing. The test proved false. Finally, it was Elijah’s turn.
What did Elijah do, but pray; this prayer: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
What followed Elijah’s prayer was the evidence the two parties had agreed upon; the proof that would show which God is real. The crowd fell to the ground, acknowledging the God of Elijah was the one true God.
Did you catch how while the Israelites were calling upon their gods to answer them, they were prophesying? In other words, there was some power happening. Just like today, how there are some powers happening. There are real powers that are for real giving physical healing, for example, and yet only God’s power leads to salvation.
Why not yield to Christ and engage His power that is truly for our good, both currently and eternally?
Some believers (Christians) have a form of godliness but deny God’s power (2 Timothy 3:5).
And “many live as enemies of the cross of Christ…their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).
God’s power is real, and only God’s power leads to salvation (Romans 1:16).