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Devotional - week of August 14, 2011


FALTERING BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS

 

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him."  1 Kings 18:21

 

During the life and ministry of Elijah, there was a great falling away from the Lord by the people of Israel. God gave Elijah a great burden about the condition of the nation. Elijah called the Israelites and false prophets together and confronted the people about their faltering between two opinions.

 

Elijah then challenged the false prophets to a contest to prove that the God he served is the true God. Elijah won the contest and the people turned to the Lord.

 

One translator of the Old Testament uses the word “waver” instead of “falter” between two opinions. It is the will of God that we believers not waver about yielding our lives totally to God. It is the will of God for us not to waver in one particular moment of temptation. Yet, many Christians do waver about yielding their lives totally to God. Some waver during times of temptation.

 

It was a miracle that caused the Israelites to turn to God at the contest between Elijah and the false prophets. It is living out our union with Christ that enables us not to waver in our walk with God.

 

Romans 611 says that we are to believe we are dead to sin and alive to God. Romans 6:12-13a tells us to choose to live our lives dead to sin and alive to God. Romans 6:13b tells us to choose to make our lives available to God.

 

The first three of the five commands to live out our union with Christ are in a tense of continual action. The fourth and fifth commands are in a tense of a one time action which could mean that when we make our lives available to God, we do it as a lifetime yielding. If we waver after that, we should make another lifetime decision to make our lives available to God.