How many of you watch superhero movies? The typical story line in a superhero movie is that there is a catastrophe waiting to happen and the only way to avoid this horrible event is that the superhero must take on insurmountable odds, armies, and events to save the land from destruction. Take Iron Man for example. A terrorist organization wants to use Tony Stark's innovation to take over the world for evil. The only way for this takeover to be avoided is for Tony Stark to take on all the "bad guys" by himself. At the end of the movie, disaster is avoided because Iron Man has defeated this large, complex, and powerful army.
The reason we like these movies is because an individual with supernatural abilities overcomes significant forces. These superheroes stand alone to battle for humanity even though they are viewed as the underdog. At the end, the "underdog" comes out successful and victorious. We like the "one v. the world" movies. With that in mind, let us shift into the spiritual realm. How many times are believers faced with a situation where it seems as though it is one believer faced with an insurmountable force of evil armies? How many times are Christians in situations where he/she is the only person living for the Lord in a particular setting? Let's discover what God's Word has to say about a man who stood for the Lord in 1 Kings 18:16-39.
There are several application points or teaching points from this passage, but the most poignant one is the fact that God is a powerful and mighty God who is able to make His name known. Think about this in practical terms. Elijah soaked wood on the altar with enough water to not only saturate the wood, but to fill a trench around the altar. Lighting wet wood is no small feat, but consuming the wood, the sacrifice, and all the water at the same time is an incredible accomplishment. This just goes to show the awe-inspiring nature of God Almighty. This passage also goes to explain how God can use one person who is willing to stand as a witness for His name. Elijah was willing to be the witness for God when it seemed as though there was no one else. There were close to 500 false prophets, 100 prophets for God who were in hiding, and then there was Elijah making a very open stand for God. Now, I am not trying to say anything negative about those prophets who were in hiding, but I am pointing out the witness of Elijah. Therefore, let those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior never forget the powerful nature of the God we serve and let us be a willing witness for God even when it seems as though no one is standing with us.
James Christopher Powell has served as assistant minister in Northwest Florida for ten years.
He studies at The Baptist College of Florida where he is working on a Master's degree in Christians Studies.
He married his wife Jennifer in March 2014.