Have you ever felt alone, as if you are the only one standing up for God? In the Bible, there are several examples of people who experienced such feelings, and more. Perhaps one of the most interesting is that of the prophet Elijah—God’s faithful prophet who served during a very discouraging time of apostasy and rebellion in Israel. King Ahab was on the throne, with his wicked wife, Jezebel, by his side.
Perhaps the most well-known story detailing Elijah’s amazing experience at Mt. Carmel is recorded in 1 Kings 18. Elijah commanded all Israel to come to the top of the mountain, where they would witness a miraculous demonstration of God’s power in the showdown between Baal and Jehovah. All day the prophets of Baal pled with their false god, crying, screaming, and cutting themselves in the hope that their wooden god would consume the sacrifice laid upon his altar. But, to no avail.
And then there was Elijah, bravely standing alone for the one true God—Jehovah. Elijah cried out to the people, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people answered him not a word” (1 Kings 18:21).
No one, apparently, was willing to stand with Elijah in acknowledging the only true God. He stood alone. And yet he wasn’t really alone. We are told that “Above and around him are the protecting hosts of heaven, angels that excel in strength. Unashamed, unterrified, the prophet stands before the multitude, fully aware of his commission to execute the divine command” (p. 147).
At last, after he has painstakingly rebuilt the altar of God, laid the sacrifice upon it, and had it doused with torrents of water three times, does the prophet pray, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again” (1 Kings 18:36,37). Instantly, fire came down from heaven, consuming the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licking up the water surrounding the altar. Elijah’s prayer was heard—and answered.
Have you ever felt as if you are standing alone for God? Be assured that even though it might not seem like it, you are not alone. God is with you. His angels surround you. He will give you the wisdom, guidance, and courage to stand for Him in whatever circumstances you may face.