1 Kings 18:21 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, then follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

April 28th, 2010 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Elijah is talking to a group of people that are one of three groups there on Mount Carmel that day. Actually the first is not a group but seems to be a single man named Elijah. He is one man but a highly unusual man of God carrying a strong message and is totally sold out to God. He is a man marching to a different drummer, is not moved by peer pressure, committed, uncompromising, firm, assured in that he knows what he stands for and has a strong sense of purpose. The second group is made up of eight hundred and fifty heathen priests from the idol-worshiping cult of Baal. They probably thought of themselves as progressives who were throwing off the restraints of a repressive society. But they were in fact, deeply committed to immorality and leading the people, nation into moral decay. The third group that day might be called the halting multitude and were in the majority. Halting or stumbling because they were ‘faltering between two very different worldviews. If asked they would no doubt say that that believed In the God of Israel but they were all bowing the knee to other gods making their devotion mixed or diluted. They were ‘wishy-washy’ and unsteady because they had no solid commitment to either God Almighty or the many man-made material gods. Caught between two opinions, this halting multitude was committed to nothing therefore open to everything. That’s exactly what Elijah challenges them and us about as we read this story. To falter between two opinions means literally to ‘limp along on or between two twigs.’ This is an uncomfortable but awesome question because it speaks so clearly to the church around the world today. So many are trying to play both sides of the fence by trying to keep a foot in both worlds. Pastor A. W. Tozer said it well this way, ‘”Whoever is on God’s side is on the winning side and cannot lose; whoever is on the other side is on the losing side and cannot win. Here there is no chance, no gamble. There is freedom to choose which side we shall be on but no freedom to negotiate the results of the choice once it is made. By the mercy of God we may repent a wrong choice and alter the consequences by making a new and right choice. Beyond that we cannot go.” “LORD, we chose You again this day, no compromise, no turning back, no hopping back and forth between the two, You and the world.”