Elijah was a prophet, one of God's messengers who told God's people to change their ways.Before You Listen
Theme: Worshiping God - God Calls His People
“Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
A: The twelve tribes of Israel
The people of Israel had turned away from God and were worshiping other things. But even though they had turned their backs on God, he hadn’t turned his back on them. Even when he punished them for their sins by not sending rain for three years, he still sent his prophet Elijah to remind the people of Israel about God. And Elijah never stopped calling Israel to turn back to God. Even when his life was in danger, Elijah went to great lengths to prove to Israel God’s power over all things. Elijah didn’t have to put on a big show to get God’s attention. God was there all along. At Mount Carmel, he burned up the offering even though it was soaking wet. And when the people turned back to him, he sent rain to the land to show that he still loved them. God deserved their worship.
God never stops loving us, his people, and will always be there for us. And he is always worthy of our worship and love in return. By expressing our devotion to God in worship, we make him the most important thing in our lives
Want to dig deeper and learn more about worshipping God? Check out 1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Exodus 20:2-6 and Romans 12:1-2. Learn more about God’s prophet Elijah by reading 1 Kings 17-19.
Remember the things that you sometimes put before God in your life? Maybe it’s school, friends, sports, or video games. Those things aren’t bad, but we can’t make them more important than God. God is the only one who is worthy of our praise and glory. He is the only one that is worthy of our worship.