‘’…And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces and laid him on the wood and said, fill four barrels with water and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood. And he said, do it a second time. And they did it a second time. And he said do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.’’ 1 Kings 18:33-35
The ancient prophet Elijah knew he had to settle once and for all who was God of Israel. He called for a contest and when the Prophets of Baal were done, he repaired the broken-down altar of God and asked that water be poured upon the sacrifice – in other words make it difficult for God to answer by fire.
Beloved, how do you pour water on a sacrifice and expect fire to consume it? That decision could only have come from a man who knew God could never fail. They kept pouring in scarce water until the whole altar was drenched with water and the trench he had dug was overflowing.
Naturally water retards fire, but God, wanting to show His power, answered by fire and the fire licked up the sacrifice, the water and even the stones. The result was a great revival in the land as can be found in verse 39 which says ‘’…And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.’’ That marked the end of Baal worship and the true worship of God was again restored in Israel.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Elijah had given up? His ministry would have become irrelevant. In Christianity, there is nothing like retreat; you don’t go back. In the same vein, I come to encourage you never to give up. Oftentimes, people fail just because they give up too quickly. Just a little more effort, a little more patience and they would have succeeded. There is so much you can achieve if you would just hold on tenaciously to God’s promise.
The writer of Hebrews puts it this way, ‘’…for we are made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.’’ (Hebrews 3:14). There is so much you could achieve if you keep at it without faltering. Never give up because God would show up on your behalf. You will not be embarrassed.
Further Reading: Exodus 3:7-9
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Exodus 7-8/ Evening- Matthew 15:1-20