Elijah was a prophet who shared God’s message with people. Some Israelites had stopped worshiping God. These people worshiped the false god, Baal.
In our Bible Reading today, Elijah gave a challenge to the followers of Baal. Elijah wanted to prove that God was the only true God. Elijah told the people (verse 21), “You must decide what you are going to do. How long will you keep jumping from one side to the other? If the Lord is the true God, follow him. But if Baal is the true God, then follow him!”
Both the followers of Baal and Elijah prepared a sacrifice. The followers of Baal prayed to their god to send fire to burn up the sacrifice, but nothing happened. But when Elijah prayed to God, “fire came down from the Lord and burned the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the ground around the altar” (verse 38a). This proved that God was the one true God!
God is the only One we should worship. Follow and serve Him all your life!