Limping, Languishing

So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ And the people did not answer him a word… And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, ‘O Baal, answer us!’ But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made… 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.” “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” “The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind... He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”1 Kings 18:20-21,26,29; Matthew 6:24; James 1:6,8

I heard someone talk recently about an “energy reader,” a fortune teller who spoke of situations in a woman’s life she apparently could not have known, save for this client’s “energy” revealing them. Intrigued, this person became a believer– nearly. Drawn, but skeptical, she limped between two feelings, and therefore two opinions, unconvinced, but not wanting to let go of the possibility. Elijah exposes the Baal worshipers for a similar devotion.

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Divided interest, and allegiance, breeds weak living. No solid foundation, no doctrine, no hold, only slippery clinging to (at least) two sides, with no firm grip on either. We might fear missing out on the possibility of one side’s promises, while being nervous to lose the other’s loyalty and acceptance. Dancing around in the middle limbo, we find only fickle partners and miss God’s music altogether. No certain voice answers.

Our only security is in the Rock, Jesus. He is God, and we can follow Him. There is no Rock like our God, and He can be implicitly trusted. There may be other look-alikes or sound-alikes, but none is true. We can test every teaching against His word, every promise against His character. We can bring every requirement for acceptance to His cross, every need to His throne of grace. When we limp along without aim or assurance, we will languish in fruitfulness and purpose. But when align with our Lord, even if we are the only one in a given situation, we will hold fast, our foundation firm and unshakable. (1 Samuel 2:2; Matthew 7:24-27; Hebrews 4:14-16)

Where do I flirt with falsehood and waffle between two masters? Where am I limping ineffectively, and would I ask God to show me why? Are there areas in my life where I resist God’s truth because it conflicts with my comfort or pleasures? “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground!” (Isaac Watts 1719)

Joy to the world! You, Lord, have come, and You are true! May all I believe, promote, and do, be wholehearted, grounded in truth and for Your glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:23)

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