There are a couple of things that I’m afraid of: Heights, snakes, failure and hot plates and pans (that’s because I burned my hands on a hot pan as a kid). The reason I’m afraid of these things is because I know what they can do to me.
Heights can flatten me like a pancake with one wrong step. Snakes can sink their fangs in me and they are just … ughh. Failure can destroy my ego (I know shallow, but hey, the first step to recovery is admittance). And hot pans can turn my hands really, really red.
What are you afraid of?
Some fears are healthy, like my fear of heights. That fear allows me to continue to live when I’m on top of a roof (that is when my wife is not available to get up there for me). Healthy fear can create strong boundaries that protect us.
These boundaries guide our decisions. These decisions put us on a path that ends up at a destination determined by our fear.
To Fear is to have faith in what we fear.
And what we fear determines what we do.
Elijah was a great prophet in the Old Testament who had an amazing story where he faced off with 450 prophets. It was better than the walk off in Zoolander.
Each side (Lord vs Baal) were to prepare a sacrifice and place it on the altar and the sacrifice who was consumed by fire would prove the true God.
Baal’s prophets began to cut themselves. Appealing, begging and doing anything they could to compel their god to answer with fire.
After taunting the prophets of Baal, telling them they needed to pray harder, Elijah says “Ok, my turn.”
Elijah prepares his sacrifice, then tells the people to dig a ditch around the sacrifice and to bring him buckets of water so he can pour it on the sacrifice. Now this is real faith! He believed that the Lord would answer. His faith was in God so much that he made it scientifically impossible for this sacrifice to burn.
After praying a simple pray, God consumes the sacrifice and not only burns up the sacrifice but consumes the water and scorches the ground around the altar.
Now that is faith. But what happens next is mind boggling to me.
1 Kings 19:1-3