July 19: Mount Carmel

Read 1 Kings 18:16-40

Needless to say, this is how I’ve pictured Mount Carmel since my Sunday school days. carmelUnfortunately, the real Mount Carmel is a regular mountain made out of rock, but what took place on it was one of the sweetest victories for God! (Please excuse the cheesiness).

The prophets of Baal spent all day praying, limping around, and abusing themselves to get their god to respond and he didn’t. On the other hand Elijah prayed two sentences and God responded by burning up the sacrifice, the rocks and the water. The clear difference is the one to whom each contestant prayed to.

People are often taken aback and even angered when God asks for our everything, for us to love nothing more than Him and for us to surrender completely for Him. It’s interesting to note that we seem completely fine with everything else in our lives requiring the same thing. In order to find fulfillment and satisfaction, a husband is willing to give up his wife and kids to have an affair, a teenage girl is willing to give up her body and purity for a boy, and a parent is willing to sacrifice family for the pursuit of money.[1] We will never find fulfillment or satisfaction in these places. Just like Baal, they will never be able to give us what we are asking for.

All humans have innate desires to have a purpose in life and fulfillment. All people long for true joy, justice and love. Pastor Tim Keller writes, “We have a longing for joy, love and beauty that no amount or quality of food, sex, friendship, or success can satisfy. We want something that nothing in this world can fulfill.”[2] If we “want something that nothing in this world can fulfill,” then it points to something more beyond this world.

Only a surrendered life to God can give us a pure purpose and satisfaction while here on the old earth and the perfect new earth will finally bring absolute fulfillment of everything we long for.

The band, Ascend the Hill, produced a rendition of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision” to which they added their own chorus. I think that these words are the perfect prayer for your heart that is always looking to places other than Jesus for fulfillment. Pray, “Oh God be my everything; be my delight. Be Jesus, my glory, my soul satisfied.”

Nathan Harley

To listen to the song, click here.


[1] Young Man Gives an Unforgettable Speech About Jesus. Produced by Jefferson Bethke. 5 October 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pqYsZoH8IM.

[2] Keller, Timothy. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Riverhead Books, 2008.


One thought on “July 19: Mount Carmel

Comments are closed.