The one about being alone and outnumbered

surroundedHave you ever felt that everyone is against you? Elijah stood alone against 850 followers of the pagan gods Baal and Asherah. They were to call on their gods to send fire from heaven and Elijah called on his God to do the same.

One person against 850, do you like those odds? When you read the account of what happened in 1 Kings 18, Elijah is supremely confident and doesn’t appear to be worried that he is heavily outnumbered. He says that he is the only prophet left but he is so confident that his God is the one and only God that he faces this huge opposition without any apparent fear.

Perhaps you feel discouraged because you are the only Christian in your workplace or neighbourhood. Many of us have felt this way at times and the feeling of living out our faith alone can be really discouraging. Having fellow Christians with us in the world makes us feel better but worryingly it can also indicate that our faith and trust are in people and not in God.

God proves he is real by sending fire from heaven. Only God was going to win the day, meaning that the amount of people on Elijah’s team was irrelevant. Elijah realized that no amount of people can be a match for God. He appeared to be vulnerable and alone but with God he was actually in the place of greatest strength.

Who or what are we trusting in? What gives us confidence? Do we trust in God enough to call on him to move in power? Do we believe God can do all things or do we just feel powerless because we are the only Christian in our situation?

Next time we feel hopeless and alone we need to ask ourselves who we believe God is? Have we lost confidence in God? Do we believe he can only act if there is enough Christian influence? The story of Elijah encourages us that God can work powerfully even when he only has one follower in a situation.

God sent the fire to burn up the sacrifice and the nation of Israel turned back to him. Will we listen to God and pray that his will would be done more? When we do and we see God move, who knows what effect it will have on those around us.

If you want to know what had happened to Elijah previously then click on the links below.

Elijah part 1: Do miracles happen because God announces them or because we ask?

Elijah part 2: When God does something weird

Elijah part 3: A leap of faith

Elijah part 4: Living with loss

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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3 Responses to The one about being alone and outnumbered

  1. I love the narratives about Elijah – he’s just so… human and yet God uses him amazingly. I have some lovely slides that Sally drew of Elijah on Mt Carmel if you want them…

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  2. Pingback: Do you ever feel like giving up? | Honest about my faith

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