"Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21
In this verse, we see Elijah rebuking the Israelites who were worshipping both God and Baal. They would worship Baal to appease Jezebel while also worshipping God to please the prophets. While they were worshipping the LORD, they were serving their idols (2 Kings 17:27).
How often do we find our hearts divided, wavering between two opinions? We want to worship God, while at the same time desiring to serve the idols in our hearts. Our marriages, our careers, our children, and our wretched desires can easily become our god if we allow them to. Our hearts are desperately wicked and by nature; we are opposed to God and the things of God, and when we are undecided and waver in our convictions, we can easily find ourselves at war with our desires and God's will for our lives.
"The Lord will demolish their altars, and destroy their sacred stones." Hosea 10:2
Christ wants all or nothing. It is His glory and His glory alone. No marriage, child, house, or career can ever satisfy the longings of our hearts...only Christ alone can satisfy. He gave His life on the cross for every sin and idol that keeps us from loving Him perfectly today, yet He loves us perfectly still. Oh, what a Savior we have in Jesus! We are to lay our idols down and be diligent in worshipping and serving the God of our salvation...the One who will answer us in righteousness and deliver us from. We must deny ourselves and run to the only One who can satisfy every longing in our heart. Rather than living with hearts divided, let's rest in the Gospel of grace that unites us to the One who gives everlasting life.
You are LORD of all. Help me, God, to understand this every day in my words and actions. Cleanse my heart of all unrighteousness. Give me a heart that loves Your Gospel and abhors the things that try to lead me away from it. Make your Gospel enough for me. Amen.
Is your heart divided? Are you giving God your all? Read 1 Kings 18:20:40 and Psalm 65:5-8. Meditate on God’s goodness today.