IN the days of the kings the land was filled with idols, and the majority of God's people gave themselves over to idolatry. It was then that Elijah the Tishbite appeared, and was an instrument in the Lord's hands of proving who is the God. Children, read that thrilling story in the eighteenth chapter of the first book of Kings. The proof was so convincing that all the people cried," The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God."

In this land of Bibles and Christians it would be considered very disgraceful were we to set up an image and pray to it, calling it our God. But there is very much of idol worship even in American homes, for any object, which takes our affections from the Supreme Being becomes an idol. Some make a god of their wealth, some of their learning, some of their appetite, and some worship themselves. But the Lord, he is the God, and should be worshiped.

When God's "judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." How so? Because it is then proved again that "the Lord, he is the God." God's judgments are now in the land to an alarming extent. The noisome pestilence, and disasters by sea and by land fill the world with woe. Will the people receive instruction? Many will, and prepare themselves to escape the greater calamities, which shall come upon the wicked as a destruction from the Almighty. But many more will be convinced that "the Lord, he is the God," a little too late to be delivered by him.

"The Lord, he is the God;" and who so great as He who can deliver from the plagues threatened upon the last generation? He has promised that those who make him their refuge shall be covered with his feathers, so that, though a thousand fall around them, no evil shall befall them, and no plague come nigh their dwelling; for he shall give his angels charge over them, to keep them in all their ways.

May none of us have any gods before the Lord; and may we not be at peace with our-selves only as we have the evidence that the great and mighty God is our God.

M. J. C.