A recent story came out regarding the words of the Imam who was present in the Vatican garden for the “Prayers for Peace”: What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited
I’m reminded of the faith of the Prophet Elijah. Being Catholic we KNOW there is only One God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Remember those who worshiped the false idols:
25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.
Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
…37″Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.”…
Place your trust in our Lord.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Elijah, on Mount Carmel challenged all the prophets of Baal. With total intervention of God he had won. Then we hear he is hiding in a cave and….
“I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” (1Kings,19:4)
Why? He had “Moved a Mountain” with his faith in God, so it could not be his lack of faith. No. Now what was he afraid of? Seeing his hands, tongue and eyes being used by God. Being His instrument and seeing the “Wine Press” in action. I have to say after pondering this more, its much the same as the Agony of our Lord in the garden. To think at all our Lord was lacking in faith is absurd. Fear of the Lord, not in regards to what He would to to him, Elijah, but what is going to happen to others who refuse Him. Awe in its purest form. Seeing God in action, from the core of the innermost part of his soul is the most humbling experience a man can face, leaving no doubt, zero doubt, He is God and God’s will be done, not his, no matter how painful it will be.
“and a voice said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” (1 Kings, 19:3)
This is God’s consolation, coming to him, assuring him, what he is doing is God’s will and not his own. Ensuring Elijah, I, God, did that, not you. Then allowing Elijah to build fortitude, and continue on to complete the will of God.
Take me home To Our Lord Elijah
Take me to His LOVE, my Beloved
Take me to His Mansion
Take me to my room
The room He me made for me
Take me to my Father, Abba
Take me to His Mercy
Lead the way Elijah
Hold my hand and never let go
Permit me LOVE with Joy and Hope
My sisters made in Thee O Lord Jesus Christ
As you open the door on which I knock
To see Your face and know Your grace
Is with me evermore
Take me home Elijah
Lead the way to Him who Is
For I am only sorrowful
In need of Mercy from Thee
Place me where you need me Lord
My Hope is your Love embrace
In Thine hand away from harm
Where death no longer trumps
For you alone are Holy Lord
You alone are God
Most Holy Spirit be my guide
Through PEACE for evermore
Just part of what I needed to say from an earlier post – read here
1 Corinthians 2
The Prophet Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an Angel
1628 by Peter Paul Rubens
I can not stop, pondering Elijah… Ever since bible class last night. The passage is: Malachi 3. The more I ponder, the more amazed I become.. Good Lord help me to put it into words, if it be your will. Until then, this picture by Peter Paul Rubens (NOT to be confused with Pee Wee Herman) will have to grab your attention as the words I am trying to put on this blog have a LOT to do with it 🙂
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”