family devotion

god's fire for elijah

READ ABOUT IT: 1 Kings 18:16-39

Elijah was a man of God. He tried hard to be good.

Elijah only prayed to God as every person should.

Now Ahab was a wicked king he always prayed to Baal.

Elijah told him this was bad, that he was sure to fail.


Elijah said to Ahab, "I'll prove it now to you. 

"High up on the mountain, I'll prove my God is true."

So all the priests who prayed to Baal, the common people too,

Climbed up upon the mountain to see what he would do.


Elijah said to all of them, "Be careful whom you praise.

"If you are bringing gifts to Baal, you've got to change your ways.

"I'll show you that my God is true, and not that awful Baal.

"The god of all these wicked priests is feeble and is frail."


"The priests will offer up a bull, and I will do the same. 

"And then the God who's really true will send down heaven's flame."

The priests began to pray to Baal. They yelled and beat the air.

They jumped and danced till it was noon and offered Baal their prayer.


Elijah laughed until he hurt to see them dance and sweat. 

He egged them on and jeered at them till they were dripping wet.

"Now where's your god you think is true? Has he gone out to eat?

"Perhaps he stopped along the road, He's sleeping in the heat."

They cut their arms and legs with knives and made a frightful din.

No fire came from heaven though. Baal could never win!


Elijah dug a ditch around his altar and the bull. 

He had the people water it. The ditch was running full.

He made them water it some more. "Go flood that ditch," he cried.

The altar never would be lit no matter what they tried.

He made them do it once again. "Now everything is set

"For God to burn my sacrifice even though it's wet."


Elijah prayed to God that day, "Lord, show what You can do."

And fire fell from up above and proved that God was true.

All the wicked priests of Baal scampered off like mice,

When they saw the fire from God burn up the sacrifice!


Christ Connection

With conviction and absolute faith Elijah confronts King Ahab and declares that there is only one true God. In a truly miraculous way God proves this point as He brings fire down upon the sacrifice of Elijah even though it has been drenched with water. What a spectacular sight that must have been!


We are impressed today by sensational sights and dramatic special effects. Remember that this miracle was more spectacular than the most sensational special effect because it happened through God's power and God's power alone. What are other miracles of God that show His power? The greatest show of God's power was the victory over sin, death, and Satan that was won through the resurrection of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.


PRAY ABOUT IT: 

Father, thank you for the faith of Elijah to stand up to King Ahab and all of his followers. Give me strength today to witness to your incredible power; in Jesus' name, amen. 


This week's devotion is taken from God's Fire for Elijah by Giles Zimmer.

A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 


What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 


This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.