Pride and fear didn’t get in Elijah's way; he was willing to step out in faith. Why? He had a "soul on fire!"
SOUL ON FIRE
Lord, let me burn for You again
Let me return to You again
READ 1 KINGS 18:16-39
If a ‘soul on fire’ for Jeremiah pointed us towards purity and passion, then a ‘soul on fire’ for Elijah was very much about the fire of God as a demonstration of God’s powerful presence. Elijah is on Mount Carmel and is facing up to the challenge of 450 false prophets of the idol-worshiping Baal religion. He’s really up against it, but confidently challenges them:
Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire - he is God. - 1 Kings 18:24
Can you imagine putting your own faith and trust in God on the line in such a dramatic way? The prophets of Baal (the god they claimed controlled rain, thunder, and lighting), were used to cutting themselves to attempt to get the attention of their god. Elijah was demonstrating that the Lord could easily beat the false god, Baal, at his own game. When the Lord sends fire down, after an embarrassing attempt by the false prophets, the altar burns downwards, against the natural order of things, in order to show that this really was a miracle and from the Lord himself.
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. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.”- 1 Kings 18:38-39
Elijah was willing to risk his reputation because he knew the Lord is a faithful and true God. In order to see the Lord glorified and for people to discover the true God, Elijah was willing to step out in faith. Pride didn’t get in the way and fear didn’t get in the way! Why? The answer is simple - he had a ‘soul on fire.’
I worship you as the one true God and creator of all. Forgive me for times when I have not trusted you, and give me a boldness to be a witness for you whatever the circumstances. May people see that I truly have a soul on fire.
(Days 7 and 8 written by Nigel James, THIRD DAY’S Road Pastor)