I Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
This is the familiar account where Elijah challenges the people of Israel and the prophets of the false god Baal on Mount Carmel. Verses one and two tell us that the land was now in a third straight year of drought and the famine in Samaria was severe. No rain in three years! What kind of hardship had these people been through? What thoughts must have been going through their minds? It was then that the Lord sent Elijah to ask the question above. And they “answered him not a word.” Their silence was deafening. They were listening now, hearing the Word of the Lord, and ready to make a decision.
Our present ordeal is nothing in comparison to the three-year drought and famine that these people had been facing, but one thing is certainly true – recent events have gotten everyone’s attention. Perhaps people are starting to think more seriously about what really matters.
This has encouraged me to pay less attention to all the troublesome news that is constantly bombarding us and to give more attention to prayer that the Lord would have His way in our hearts and in the hearts of those that live around us. There are souls out there right now, ready to make that serious decision once and for all to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and leave their sinful lives behind. And what could more important than that? Thank you Jesus for your mercy and grace! May souls be saved through this time of distress.