I was sitting around a table with friends this weekend. During our discussion, we began telling stories about our children – the funny things they say. I neglected to share this story with them because it did not come to mind, but it is one of my favorite “quotable” moments.
My daughter was about four years old at the time. I know I am biased, but she really was an amazingly beautiful child – of course, now twenty-two, she never stopped being beautiful. The problem came when the people of our church began to tell her, as a wee lass, just how beautiful she was. “You’re so beautiful,” they would tell her – and she would feign bashfulness, bat her eyes, and grin ear-to-ear. Little did they know how stubborn she could be.
One morning, my bride, Angel, was having a hard time with our little stubborn princess. Exactly what the issue was eludes my memory, but after a long struggle, Angel finally said, “Enough is enough little girl. If you don’t behave, I will have to spank you.”
In one of my daughters most incredibly bright moments, she grinned, tilted her head and said, “But I’m too beautiful to be spanked!” What audacity for such a small person!
21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
But the people said nothing.
22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” (1 Kings 18:21-24)
What audacity! Would you even dream of putting God to the test like Elijah did? God sent Elijah to Ahab with news of rain, to end the famine. But when he got there, Elijah decided to put on a demonstration of God’s power and expected God to do it.
I find myself a lot more like Moses, the reluctant deliverer. God showed himself to Moses in a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire. He called upon Moses, in voice, to deliver the people. With God RIGHT there, Moses was reluctant. I am that way a lot of the time – God could be undeniably speaking to me, but I am reluctant to act.
Lord, deepen my faith! I long to have Elijah’s faith!
Do I have enough courage and faith to walk outside and ask God to demonstrate His power like that? I am thinking not.
What about you?