1 Kings 18-19

Read 1 Kings 18-19.

Have you ever had someone stop returning your calls? Ghost your texts? Radio silence. Ignored. Blocked. When we call out but do not receive an answer, we can feel disappointed, confused, and even betrayed. If the silence persists, we may even come to the conclusion that the person we were trying to reach wasn’t who we thought they were or was never there at all.

In 1 Kings 18, we see Elijah challenge the prophets of Baal to call out to their god, but Baal doesn’t answer them.

29 And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.

1 Kings 18:29, ESV

If you read this chapter, you know that God’s response to Elijah in the next few verses is practically explosive. God does not ignore Elijah, and He effectively proves His existence to all who witnessed the response.

If we’re calling out to anyone or anything other than God, we are no better off than the prophets of Baal, raving on into the afternoon to the sound of silence. While we may not always get the fiery response that Elijah got, we know that God is always there. So, instead of wondering if we’re being ignored by the world or by people or by anything, let us always call out to the God who hears us.

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