Valley of the Shadow
Bubbly, joyous, effervescent, happy, jazzed, energized, vivacious—are these words that describe the Christian experience? Or do words like serious, melancholy, contemplative, deliberate, pious, and thoughtful better capture the Christian’s spirit. Which song best characterizes the daily walk of the disciple, “I’ve got joy, joy, joy, down in my heart,” or “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty?”
Elijah probably experienced a rush of faith when he faced the prophets of Baal. The Children of Israel tried to serve both God and Baal. The prophet of the Lord challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest to show the people who they should serve. The prophets of Baal could not call down fire from heaven, but Elijah could.
Elijah’s prayer did not rhyme. He did not use beautiful metaphors. It did not sound like a litany, but God honored it! He stated his purpose: “Let it be known this day that thou art God,” his motive: “and that I am your servant, and that I have done…