Mocking the functional gods

1 Kings 18:25-29  25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Since you are so numerous, choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first. Then call on the name of your god but don’t light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull that he gave them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, answer us! ” But there was no sound; no one answered. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made. 27 At noon Elijah mocked them. He said, “Shout loudly, for he’s a god! Maybe he’s thinking it over; maybe he has wandered away; or maybe he’s on the road. Perhaps he’s sleeping and will wake up! ” 28 They shouted loudly, and cut themselves with knives and spears, according to their custom, until blood gushed over them. 29 All afternoon they kept on raving until the offering of the evening sacrifice, but there was no sound; no one answered, no one paid attention. 

You are probably familiar with the story of how Elijah called down fire from heaven to light the altar of the Lord.  He poured buckets of water on in first just to prove a point. What a showboater!  But do you remember this part of the story?  I had forgotten how cruel Elijah was to the prophets of Baal.  He mocked them sarcastically and cruelly.  Their faces must have been turning red with embarrassment once the whole thing was over.  I love how he told them to keep shouting because maybe their god was thinking it over or taking a walk.  Bahahahahahaha!

“Maybe your god is taking a walk; maybe he is sleeping.”  Do you ever find that you have put something else in place of God in your life?  These are the things that become your functional savior.  It could be people, money, things, relationships, alcohol, shopping… just about anything you use to rescue you from yourself.  We turn to things other than God for our hope, our rescue, and our peace.  We turn to people for our self-esteem and worth, and they are all substitutes for the voice of God in our lives.  Jesus came to this earth to be our Savior, our only Savior.

Can you hear the prophet Elijah calling out to you as you fill the void with other things beside Christ?  “Why are you so discontent; is your god of money taking a walk.  Why are so depressed; is your approval from man taking a nap?”  This is the insanity of serving other gods.  It is for this reason (among others) that God said to worship Him and Him alone.  Tear down your altars, people.  There is one true God; He alone is your Savior.  All others will fail and all others will be mocked.

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