One of the places we will visit in a few weeks during our CfaN “Experience Israel” trip is Mount Carmel. The Bible describes one of the most remarkable spiritual confrontations that happened exactly there: Elijah’s encounter with Baal’s priests. Even today this account is very dramatic to read. But what was Elijah’s real objective? That his people would return to the one true God. Hence his prayer: “Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again” (1 Kings 18:37).
In this Bible Study I would like for us to meditate on two aspects of this remarkable biblical event that, I believe, are essential for us today.
Our vice president, Peter Vandenberg, offers our first point:
1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
It is very much human nature to assume that, “I am the only one having difficulties or problems in a certain area.” But our Lord Himself gives us a completely different perspective. The Word of God very frequently exhorts us that He is always near to us and will never leave us alone or forsake us. But even though we know that, we can still fall prey to the nagging doubt that we are the only ones who are experiencing problems, and feelings of being alone rise quickly to challenge us.