“Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” (2 Kings 2:14)
“And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? But now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” (Judges 6:13)
I can think of no greater text in Scripture than that found in Judges 6:13, to demonstrate that beyond a shadow of a doubt, God wants to do exciting miracles of deliverance today — but it is willing vessels that are needed. For it is in this passage that we read of a time of great oppression that existed in the land of Israel, during the time of Gideon. Pay careful attention, if you will, to what Gideon says in this verse to the angel of the Lord: “… if the LORD be with us … where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of?” (Judges 6:13)
Now Gideon was not out of his mind when he said this. Rather, God chose him to produce a great deliverance in Israel, and the reason he chose him is clear: Gideon was a believer “in deed”. He believed God’s word. He understood God’s character. And he expected God to do miracles. Yet he was greatly saddened that God was not doing any (up until that time, in his life). Praise God that Gideon did not put the blame on God for the lack of miracles, as many today do. Instead of saying, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” they say, “God doesn’t do any miracles today.” That is a sad, sad, indictment upon this generation of believers. It is time to wake up!
You see, at that time, the power of the Lord was not being experienced like it was during the time of Moses. Today, the power of the Lord is also not being experienced in many places on the earth — especially those places in where the stronghold of intellectual pride has taken root. “Knowledge puffs up” the apostle Paul wrote (1 Corinthians 8:1). Today, in many parts of the world, knowledge has so “puffed us Christians up” that many people are convinced that God no longer performs miracles and signs. They are happy to be complacent, because, after all, God doesn’t do sign and miracles any more, so why get all worked up about it? Let’s just lay low, and act like our God is as complacent and dead as the false god “Baal” was in his day!
Of him (Baal), the mighty prophet Elijah said to his (Baal’s) followers, “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.” (1 Kings 18:27) This so-called “god” of theirs was as dead and asleep as many Christians today teach their own God is! Wow! What an indictment! It’s time to wake up and smell the roses! For too long we have been letting “educated” Christian leaders teach us that God simply doesn’t do miracles and signs today. It’s time to put a stop to that. It’s time to let God have his space!
“Move on over!” I can almost hear God saying. “I’m coming!”
Can you hear him coming?