Freshman First 40 — Day 26
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
1 Kings 18:20-46 and Eph 2:8
Anyone who has spent much time in church has probably heard faith described as believing in what you can’t see (Hebrews 11-the hall of fame of faith). I’ve even heard faith analogized as wind: you can feel the effects, but can’t see it. While this analogy and others are good ways to describe faith, it is extremely easy as believers to hear this and minimize the power of faith. Faith is a gift from God, and is extraordinarily powerful.
In 1 Kings 18:20, Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal. He challenges them to call fire from heaven in the name of Baal to consume a bull prepared for sacrifice. After extreme worship, Baal never answered, and they gave up. Elijah then poured water on the sacrifice, and called upon the name of the Lord, and the bull, altar and all the water was consumed.
Then starting in verse 41, Elijah prayed for rain. It had not rained in years, and famine had dominated the land. Elijah has the faith to tell King Ahab to eat and drink and celebrate, because rain is coming. There was not a cloud in the sky. Elijah didn’t have supernatural meteorological knowledge; he had faith that God could deliver what he needed.
On top of Mount Carmel, Elijah is on his knees praying for rain. He sends his servant to go look for any sign of rain. The seventh time he sends the servant, he runs back saying “a cloud the size of a mans hand is rising from the sea.” He races back to the city, and the sky grows dark with clouds.
Faith is not just something that is important. Faith is absolutely necessary. A lack of faith is what prevented the Israelites from entering the Promised Land (Take a look at Hebrews 3:7-12).
Most importantly, faith itself is what saves us. Ephesians 2:8 talks about the fact that we are saved by grace, through faith, not of our own doing, but as a gift from God. No one can live a life that is “good enough” in God’s eyes, but the grace and faith that he gives us in Jesus Christ is more than enough to save us.
Without faith, we are lost, and without hope; with faith, we are forgiven, saved, and hopeful in the grace and power of the Lord.
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