Elijah was a man who listened to Gods voice and obeyed what God told him to do and say. In I Kings chapter 17, he told King Ahab that because of their refusal to give up their false gods and their sacrifices to idols, there would be no rain for a few years until Elijah called down rain from heaven. Then we see that the Lord hid Elijah and fed him and cared for him. Many wonderful stories of Gods provision that I just love to read, but lets fast forward to chapter 18, when God tells him to present himself to Ahab, who had been searching for him and had a price on his head.
Verses 17-19; When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”
“I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead. Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.”
Wow! What a way to speak to a king, right? But Elijah had confidence in a greater King. The King of kings was his master. He had witnessed close up the power of who he worked for and knew that God was well able to deliver on what he promised. Elijah never once forgot who he represented. He trusted in Gods Word. He heard clearly Gods voice and he obeyed. In the end, God sent a chariot to pick him up and bring him to heaven.
You see, Elijah had relationship with God. You cannot recognize someones voice unless you’ve spent time with them. You cannot have that kind of complete confidence unless you develop intimacy. As my husband, Walt could call me in the middle of a crowd and I’d be able to pick out his voice because I know him. That voice has spoken into me for almost 40 years now, but more than that, I’ve learned that what he says, he means and does. He’s merely a man, but the spirit of God is in him. When he says I’m beautiful, I know I am. When he says he will care for me, I know he will.
Elijah received instructions from God and whatever God told him to do, he did it. He wasn’t perfect, but he was willing. What are you waiting for? God is looking for men and women throughout the earth that will boldly proclaim what His Word says. People who will believe in his promises and be confident in HIS ability to perform it through them.
Our outreach pastor is taking a team of ordinary people to the streets of St Petersburg on the eve of Halloween with sack lunches and love. They will be ministering to the lost and hurting, the drunks and demonized, prostitutes and drug addicts, restoring hope and giving love. She believes in the Word that says, “signs will follow those who believe,” and she has confidence in the One who heals, saves and delivers. Those who can’t go will pray for those who go. That gives everyone an opportunity to be involved and take part.
What are you doing for God? It’s more than being busy in church, encouraging the saints who should be encouraging themselves in the Word. What are you doing to stretch your faith and trust in God? Has he asked you to so something that put you out on a skinny limb? Are you wondering if the limb will hold you? Trust me, if God told you to walk out on this skinny limb and it wasn’t even attached to a tree, he has the power to hold it up and keep you safe. It’s time for us to step up and be modern day Elijah’s, not fearing man but fearing God.
Father, these are the days when your people will shine brightly in this dark world. Light us up, Lord. Set us ablaze with your glory and your power. May your Word be alive in us. May we believe what you said and lay hands on the sick knowing that YOUR Word doesn’t return to you empty, but it produces results. We speak a hedge of protection over those on the team that will be going and ministering this week. Cover them with your blood. Cover their families, their homes, their finances. May they hear clearly your direction and may they see clearly your heart for these people. It’s in the Name of Jesus we ask this. Amen