The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. (1 Kings 18:35)
WATER IS A LIFE-SUSTAINING resource. However, depending on the circumstance, an overabundance of water can produce negative results. Such is the case when water floods campsites and soaks firewood. Since wet wood is impossible to ignite without an accelerant, dry wood is preferred. Thus, campers don’t intentionally leave their wood in the rain to absorb water; instead, they protect it. Additionally, they dig trenches to divert water away from the campsite and towards designated runoff areas.
Elijah challenged Ahab and the Israelites to a sacrificial showdown using tactics that would confuse a camper. The sacrifice needed to burn up, not drip with water. Because of Elijah’s saturation technique, normal combustion was impossible. The only way his soggy sacrifice could be consumed was through a supernatural power source. God was that supernatural power source.
To the skeptical observer, the scenario appeared impossible. Yet God often uses the impossible to showcase His power. Furthermore, He seeks willing participants to join Him in His efforts. Elijah was a willing servant who proceeded in obedience and relied on God for the outcome.
I wonder how often God wants to use us as vessels to showcase His power, but we lack confidence in Him and His methods? Do we refuse to participate in His plan because the outcome appears impossible? Or will we, like Elijah, allow God to lead us in ways that defy logic?
Remain obedient to God’s plans even when His methods defy logic.
Jill Printzenhoff is a science teacher and avid reader. She enjoys kayaking, fishing, bike riding, hiking, and vacationing with her husband and their two daughters.
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