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!