Re:Verse passage – 1 Kings 18:30-39 (day four)

In this showdown between God and Baal, the Israelites worked with all their might to get a showing from their idol. They called, but no one answered. They leapt and danced before the altar, but nothing stirred. They even sacrificed their bodies, pouring their own blood on the altar. Verse 29 gives us a haunting image: “…but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.”

We may not be as familiar with Baal, but we are all guilty of flailing before an idol in an attempt to get what we need, to find satisfaction, or to find meaning. We call out for the approval of others to boost our confidence, but their response gets lost to the wind. We leap and dance before the altar of money, but nothing ever comes to satisfy us. We pour ourselves out for status and prestige, but we’re only left bleeding. When we sacrifice to the idols of the world, there is no voice, no one to answer, no one paying attention.

But when we remember the Lord and draw in close to him, as Elijah encouraged the people to do, we’ll find that God will make himself known to us every time, and we will lack nothing. The Lord shows up in a way that nothing and no one else can do. As it says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

2 thoughts on “Idols”

  1. Thank you for always gleaning truths and conveying it in such a clear way. You are wise beyond your years. May your tribe increase.

  2. Thank you for this, Megan.

    “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
    —Jeremiah 29:13

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