1 Kings 18:21

Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.

When 75, 128, 142, 169, 188 pops up on our range finders, confusion ensues. These are distances which commonly confuse the amateur golfer as one club is usually not enough and the club higher is too much. Every golf shot requires total commitment. If there is any doubt where or how far the ball is going, odds are it will go where you don’t want it.

Elijah laid it all on the line to the Israelites after years of idol worship and general disobedience to God. He flatly told them to get on one side or the other. “If you are going to worship God, follow Him, but if you believe in Baal, follow him.” The people didn’t say a word because they were either confused or afraid to take a stand. The king was a proponent of Baal while Elijah of course advocated for the one true God.

It is important for us to know where we stand and for others to know where we stand. We can’t only worship God in a season of convenience and then be partakers of the world the rest of the time. Society loves the behavior of the hypocrite because these “acts” justify its outward distrust. Society loves the phrase, “if Johnny is going to heaven, then I’m not going to have problem making it.”

Let us pray for renewed strength, confidence, and the attainment of higher levels of faith. We can’t be compromising Christians in an effort not to cause an uprise or hurt feelings. Do the people around us know where we stand? We have to begin by taking inventory of ourselves and strive anew each day to be great and trusted witnesses.

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