1 Kings 18:36-40
At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! 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!”
Then Elijah commanded, “Seize all the prophets of Baal. Don’t let a single one escape!” So the people seized them all, and Elijah took them down to the Kishon Valley and killed them there.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
There have been a few times in my life where I have listened to God & then stepped out in faith without understanding how things would work out, only to see God create something wondrous. Perhaps the latest example was when I agreed to take on the role of Properties Chair at our church, and God’s response was to send many people from our congregation who have eagerly and often contributed their time, talents and/or treasures to the effort. I am thankful that Pilgrimage UCC is made up of people who understand the power of faith and who are willing to step forward when called.
Jesus, I pray that when you speak I will listen, and that when you encourage me to act that I will be obedient. Amen.