Evil Times No Barrier to Serving God

“And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. . . Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.’ ” 1 Kings 16:30, 17:1

We often hear good Christians wish that they had been born in a different era, one perhaps friendlier to the faith. But when we look at the Bible, we see something different. God often raises up His choicest servants in the most difficult times.

When life was hopeless and bitter in the slavery of Egypt, God raised up Moses to lead the Israelites out of the house of bondage. During the desperate days of the judges, God called Samuel, a faithful priest, to lead Israel back to God. A simple glance of Hebrews 11 reveals a list of “heroes” who withstood evil forces against all odds, by exercising faith in God. When evil seems to rise without restraint, God matches that evil by raising up faithful warriors of faith who help to stem the tide of evil by boldly living for God. An evil majority need not submerge the godly influence of God’s people.

Ahab was a vile king who sought to promote false worship in Israel. God’s people must have felt all alone in such an environment, but God prepared a voice to match Ahab’s. As long as Elijah walked with God, he could fear nothing, especially an opponent of God.

When evil rises to new levels and threatens God’s people, we must remember some simple truths:

1. Do not count the opposition, weigh it.
With God, we cannot really lose because we are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). You and God constitute a majority. He who created the world has never known a moment of fear or dread of evil. If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? It matters nothing to God that hordes of forces threaten His people. We need only trust in Him. When people taunt you with threats, take your case to God and leave it in His capable hands. God will not disappoint you.

2. Do not fight evil with more evil.
The Apostle Paul knew that we needed weapons and he encouraged us to arm ourselves to the teeth (Ephesians 6:11-18). But he cautioned us that our warfare is different:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Note we possess weapons, but different weapons from the world’s. The world fights with the goal of conquering; God calls us to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

3. Do not cower in a corner.
Now is the time for us to shine as God’s people. Do the voices of evil threaten us? Then speak forth words of grace. Do they wish us harm and desire to silence us? Then press on and keep trusting God for His marvelous protection.

We need some of that “spirit and power of Elijah” (Luke 1:17). We need to pray that God raises up His “Elijah force,” bold to declare His truth and take a stand.

Prayer

Lord, grant us power and strength to live for You and declare Your truth. When evil gathers its forces against us, lead us to Your tower of strength. When evil mounts an assault on us, then strengthen our spirits so that we will stand firm. When our spirits sink under a weight of opposition, provide Your supernatural grace to invigorate us and move us forward to do Your will.


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