Trusting God like Elijah
08/24/21 – 09/04/21
The Boldness of Elijah
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 08/24/21
Seemingly out of nowhere, Elijah appears in Scripture. He had no family history, high office, or credentials to make him God’s choice to confront the terrifying and immoral leadership of his day. There is no evidence that Elijah was super spiritual. Like us, he was fearful and perplexed at times. Yet with great directness he tells the wicked King Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word” (1 Kings 17:1).
Elijah’s act was outrageously bold because King Ahab was under the influence of his pagan wife, Jezebel. She had led King Ahab to kill hundreds of God’s people because they would not bow down to Baal. Delivering God’s message to Ahab must have seemed like a suicide mission.
At God’s direction, Elijah delivered the message and then hid in the Kerith Ravine. There he learned that when God pulls you away into hiding, He will supply the power, provision, and protection you need to be prepared to be of even greater service to Him.
Prayer: God, help me to have the kind of boldness that Elijah had to be obedient to whatever You command. Thank You for the reminder that, like Elijah, when You put us in a place or season of hiding, You are preparing us to be of greater service to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29).