Friday, January 02, 2015

Prophets of Baal or of YHWH?

Even in our daily living we can look more like the prophets of Baal as we live our lives, running about in a frenzy, trying to fix our problems, not stopping long enough to call on the power of God Almighty. Yet as children of God, we are not called to trust in our idols or ourselves. We are made to be like Elijah, who did not question whether God would show His face that day. He prayed and asked for help, and God sent down fire from heaven in response.—Forgotten God, page 145

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Indeed. Running around like everything depends on us. We're more like Martha than Mary. After all, if we don't do it, it won't get done—or at least won't get done right!

We are deeply flawed. Entirely in se curvatus (curved in on ourselves) as the reformers said. The only solution is to throw ourselves entirely on God in total reliance on his empowering presence through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Then we can call on God the way Elijah did. And we can watch the real fire fall from heaven instead of the frenzy of empty activity that passes for Christianity far too often.
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