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A Step of Faith

He told the king, “This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” So he died, according to the word of the LORD that Elijah had spoken. 2 Kings 1:16-17

Your mission, like Elijah’s, should you choose to accept it, is to go to the king and tell him face to face that because he has sinned, he will surely die – and soon! You have to give Elijah some credit, it couldn’t have been an easy task. First, it was a death threat against the reigning king, and secondly, it was a death threat against the reigning king! You can’t get much bolder than that.

Elijah provides us with an example of what a prophet can do when he knows that God has told him to do something. Had God not told him to that, Elijah would have bee executed on the spot. But God’s favor rested on Elijah.

It’s easy to look at these incidents in the comfort of our cozy room and think that God would never do that with us. We’re too soft. We’re too comfortable. We’re too [fill in the blank]. God wants to use ordinary people like us in extraordinary ways. Think of a time He’s already done that for you. It probably took a few steps of faith but you knew it to be the right thing to do. The same God who impressed upon Elijah the need to confront the King is the exact same God who is over us and loves us. He delights in our faith steps. He delights when we step out in faith for Him.

Pray and ask the Lord what step of faith He wants you to take, then Take it!

Clarity

The angel of the LORD said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king. 2 Kings 1:15

Twice prior to this, the king of Samaria had sent a company of 50 men, and Elijah called down fire from heaven to incinerate them. This time, the captain of the Guard begged for his life and the angel of the Lord spoke to Elijah.

It seems that whatever the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, it was clear and unequivocal. I personally would love to hear the word of the Lord spoken to me with such clarity. Then certainly I would obey.

Well, He has spoken to us with such clarity.

  • Love your neighbor as you love yourselves.
    Turn the other cheek.
    Pray for those who persecute you.
    Do not slander or gossip.
    Pray for wisdom.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
    Pray without ceasing.
    Give joyfully.

More often than not, we know the right path to take. We know what to do. Could the Lord be any clearer to us on those things that are written in Scripture?

Power of God

There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.
When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” 1 Kings 21:25-29

In verse 25, the Lord describes Ahab as an evil man, urged on by his wife Jezebel. A few verses later, Ahab had repented and humbled himself before God. Ahab had heard the world of God and, like Beh-Hadad, was fearful, but it was a healthy fear.

God saw the sincerity in Ahab and delayed the disaster that would all on him. Always remember that a changed life is evidence that God is still moving. God moved on Ahab back then, and He still moves today. Sometimes it’s as obvious a change as what happened to Ahab, but often it is not. Ahab, as King of Israel, was influential and important. When he snapped his fingers, a small army of men and women would cater to his needs.

Most often the change comes about in the life of a “nobody,” an unknown. But those unknowns can still change the world. Don’t pray that the influential and risk and famous come to Christ, but pray that men and women seeking after God will come to Christ. Never underestimate the power of God in the life of any of His believers.

Occupy

For seven days they camped opposite each other, and on the seventh day the battle was joined. The Israelites inflicted a hundred thousand casualties on the Aramean foot soldiers in one day. The rest of them escaped to the city of Aphek, where the wall collapsed on twenty-seven thousand of them. And Ben-Hadad fled to the city and hid in an inner room. 1 Kings 20:29-30

Ben-Hadad was the King of Aram, and he had assembled 32 other kings to take on Ahab, the King of Israel. Ben-Hadad was a powerful man. He engaged Ahab and wanted to fight him. He demanded a great deal from Ahab, then demanded more. Ahab balked at handing over more power. Then Ben-Hadad did a strange thing: he went and hid in a corner, much like Elijah did earlier. The King of Aram cowered when the Israelites had inflicted over 100,000 casualties. His power and influence were rapidly fading. He feared for his life.

This is coming another time, another day when rulers and leaders will hide and cower: “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” Revelations 6:15-16

The world as we see it is not what it seems. It will be a time like no other. You know it must be bad when pompous rulers cower in fear inside caves and openly call on the mountains and rocks to fall on them!

Until then we are to occupy this land. We are to pray and work and seek and love and praise and smile and study and pray some more. We are to enjoy the blessing God has given us and help others experience that blessing wherever and whenever possible.

Priceless

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”
“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”

So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. 1 Kings 19:19-21

A lot is implied in this story. Presumably when a cloak is thrown around you by Elijah the prophet, it means “you’re next!” Elisha the farmer knew what to do. He gave it all up for a prophet he met just that day.

I love it when God chooses someone who is unassuming. What do I mean by that? Unassuming means that don’t assume that the person is anybody. A farmer. A fisherman. A tax collector. A boy with a slingshot. Your expectations are low. After all, how could a mere farmer or a boy with a slingshot change the world? And yet, that is so much like God! Certainly he could use the wealthy and famous and important politician, and he does. But who gets the glory when that happens?

God uses ordinary, unassuming people every day to change the world. Think of your own life. Look how he’s changed your life and used you. In the world’s eyes, you’re probably nothing special. Yet, in God’s eyes, you’re one of a kind and priceless. Your worth is infinite.

You’re an heir of the King of Kings.

Nothing can take that away from you.