A reminder for today
So the king sent another captain with fifty men. The captain said to him, "Man of God, the king demands that you come down at once." Elijah replied, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!" And again the fire of God fell from heaven and killed them all. (2 Kings 1:11-12)
After King Ahab died, his son Ahaziah became the new king of Israel. He too angered God, because he also worshipped baal the god of Ekron. After being seriously injured he send men to ask baal if he would survive and on their way Elijah confronted them. The king was not very happy with Elijah’s message and so he send soldiers to arrest Elijah, but as they called him to come down from where he was sitting on top of a hill, Elijah asked God to send fire from heaven to destroy them, and God did.
There are a few things I want to say about this. Firstly I feel God is once again displaying His presence through Elijah and confirming Elijah as a true man of God. God sends down this fire to open the eyes of the people already so confused by their king worshipping foreign gods. God is also clearly showing His disapproval of how things are and of the king. Funny that only the third captain realised that he is up against God and that he better submit and humble himself: “But this time the captain went up the hill and fell to his knees before Elijah.”
My dear friend, there is two sides to this if I compare the image with our lives today. Sometimes we must be pushed into the right direction by an event that happens in our live so that we can remember that God is God and He is the only God. He is the one that you must worship and He is the one that you must follow and listen to. Then it is also clear that God will show His approval in you if you follow Him and He will open the eyes of those around you that are blinded by a relentless enemy. I don’t think God will send down fire to destroy some of your colleagues so that other would believe, but I am sure God will do wondrous things in your life that will make other question your happiness and He will create a desire in them to seek this freedom that you have. This is when He will send a fire in your heart that will drive your passion and bring those that are lost back to the Shepherd.
Come and let us live to glorify Him with a renewed passion as we ask God to bring back the fire in us.
Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus