HOW LONG. . .

 

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD [be] God, follow him: but if Baal, [then] follow him. And the people answered him not a word. (1Kgs 18:21 [KJV]) 

Conflicting opinions are at the centre of the great controversy, and these conflicting opinions are between good and evil. How informed are we about the evil and its results, how informed are we about the good and result of doing what is good? They do not lead to the same end-result. Their outcome is totally different with serious consequences for evil and eternity of joy and peace for an outcome. Is that too hard to gauge as to which one is better for us? We would probably wish to get both, the evil goodies for a while because they come with an attractive wrapping but the end result is always bad; and eternity with God on one hand, which is presented in plain black and white (it is what it is) that is why there is wavering between opinions.

 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” (Heb 10:23 [KJV]) He is faithful, God is faithful to provide us with direction and the power to overcome the wavering mind to give us steady position in our faith. Wavering and doubts were not part of our makeup in creation, they came in as a foreign manifestation; they were brought by Satan through his temptations in the Garden of Eden. “Satan is at hand to suggest a variety of doubts, but if you will open your eyes in faith you will find sufficient evidence for belief. But God will never remove from any man all causes for doubts.”Testimonies Vol.4 p.233. Satan brings to us alternatives making them attractive to us yet there is nothing good in them. It is no wonder we are lukewarm (not cold not hot).

In whatever we may be struggling in doubts, we need to understand that we have a choice to make; the choice is between God and Baal; God who answers prayers, God who attends to all of us at all times, “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. (Ps 121:3 [KJV]); or to your disappointment you can choose Baal who can neither hear nor see, one who cannot give life; Baal, the symbol of Satan whose intention is to destroy. We cannot do it on our own because Satan has taken us captives, so let us ask God to do it for us. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (Jas 1:6 [KJV])

The question Elijah paused to them is applicable today; “How Long..” it has a time element to it. There must be a time to settle on one final decision. The state of indecisiveness must come to an end. We must exercise choice, wisely.

-Eliamani A.

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