Fire from Heaven



Key Bible Verse: “Please answer me, so these people will know that you are the LORD God, and that you will turn heir hearts back to you.” (1 Kings 18:37, CEV)

Dig Deeper: 1 Kings 18:30-40

Elijah might have had his ups and downs, but when he had faith, he had Teflon faith. He knew beyond a doubt that there was something drastically different about Jehovah, the God of Israel – the one true God.

So Elijah did something risky.  He turned things up a notch.  He asked that the altar to Jehovah be saturated with water – once, twice, three times. Not only would God have to send fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice, he would have to do it with soaking-wet wood and a soaking-wet sacrifice.

At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed.

The response was instantaneous: “Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38, NIV).

The people who had been watching the whole affair were flabbergasted. The author says that they immediately fell flat on their faces and cried out “The LORD – he is God!” (v. 39).

This was a formidable, spine-tingling moment.

Maybe you’ve read this story a half-dozen times. Maybe it has become a little stale.  It shouldn’t be.  This moment demands the full engagement of your imagination. It is epic.

– Johnnie Moore in Dirty God

My Response: When was a time I stepped out in faith motivated by love or a desire for God to be glorified?

Thought to Apply: God often showcases his power on the stage of human weakness. – Andy Stanley (preacher, writer)

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