🎶I’ll follow you down through the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm.
I’ll follow you down while we’re passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you down🎶
A young couple in love picking dandelions in a hazy, dreamlike field in the mountains…walking hand in hand to the mountain’s edge, gazing out at the water below. A romantic moment captured at the base of a cascading waterfall. A solitary place to wash the world away and live in the moment for two people who seem to need nothing but each other to enjoy true happiness. A bird’s eye view of an evolving relationship that culminates in a wedding and a white picket fence. Images like these would seem to be out of place in a hard rock music video, but Shinedown makes it work perfectly within the confines of the video for their most recent single, “I’ll Follow You,” off of their hit album, Amaryllis. “Ill Follow You” is an uncompromising song. Literally, It’s a song about “No Compromise” It’s a song that is about not settling for anything else, not settling for second best. The song is full of illustrations of that. Shinedown use the lyrics like an artist uses a paint brush to tell the story of no compromise devotion. In the song it is devotion and no compromise to a person but you don’t have to go too far to appreciate that this sentiment could be carried over to most spheres of life. The theme dedication and no compromise is in the reading for today. We join uncompromising Elijah on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. This is where Elijah taunts the prophets to prove whose God is greater, that that he might get his uncompromising message across to the people of YeHoVaH/God. Today has been rough my friends. INSOMNIA is horrible! I still found the time to read the word today and felt led to write this. The theme dedication and no compromise was is in my reading for today. We join uncompromising Elijah on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. This is where Elijah taunts the prophets to prove whose God is greater, that that he might get his uncompromising message across to the people of YeHoVaH/God. This is a fairly well known passage in the Bible because it relays the story of one man, Elijah, making a stand for YeHoVaH/God against an evil king and 450 prophets of Baal. Elijah recommended that they have a competition to see whose God was stronger, and the prophets of Baal set up an offering on a wooden alter, asking Baal to send fire from heaven to consume the offering. After they failed, Elijah instructed the men to dig a trench around the altar and pour water over the offering until it was so saturated that the water overflowed and filled the trench. Elijah then called out to God, who sent fire to consume the offering, the water, the alter, the rocks, and even the dust around the altar. Seeing this, the people fell on their faces and worshipped the Lord. Elijah is unflinching in his devotion – He Follows YeHoVaH/God, the prophets of Baal do not, Elijah shows no compromise in delivering God’s verdict in this situation in order to have God’s people change direction and turn back to God. Elijah was uncompromising in delivering the message of relationship through these circumstances to all who were present and to all who would hear. That God wants to turn hearts towards himself in relationship. Elijah would not give up on this message. He was devoted to it and would not back down, give up or compromise on it. We too are invited to be like Elijah in the passage, we too are encouraged to stand our ground in an age where people are drawn away from God by other things. We too are heralds of a message of God’s desire for relationship. We too are ambassadors of his kingdom and his rule. We too are to be uncompromising in out character and manner of life. all for the benefit of others. Elijah had bottle, The question is do we? The problem for the prophets was that they were faltering between two opinions. This also was true of the nation as a whole. This is the definition of compromise. In Shinedown’s song we find the opposite sentiment “Without a doubt I’m on your side, There’s nowhere else that I would rather be, I’m not about to compromise,” The uncompromising truth was that Elijah stands for is displayed in verses 36-39. Amen?