Elijah Calls Down Fire [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 25, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
When you’ve heard God’s quiet whisper, you become emboldened in the day of battle.
Today’s Text: “Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, ‘O man of God, the king says, “Come down.” ’ But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, ‘If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.’ Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.” (2 Kings 1:9–10, ESV)
Ahaziah, wicked King Ahab’s son, fell through the lattice in his upper chamber. Instead of trusting in the living God to provide for him and heal him, Ahaziah wanted his fortune told. He sent messengers to Baal-zebub to ask the “lord of the flies” whether the fall would lead to the king’s death or not.
Anaiah’s affection for Baal-zebub and rejection of God did not go unnoticed by the Lord. God sent Elijah to intercept the messengers of Ahaziah. The prophet queried the messengers: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub?” (2 Kings 1:3, ESV). Elijah sent them back to their idol-thirsty king with a word from the Lord: Ahaziah indeed would not recover from his fall.
So the king sent fifty soldiers to confront Elijah. The soldiers saw Elijah on a hilltop and mocked the man of God. Not long before, Elijah had run in fear of one woman’s persecution. Jezebel’s taunts had dragged the prophet down into despair and isolation. But this time around Elijah knew no fear. Instead, the man of God stood his ground and called down fire upon the king’s mocking men.
What had changed?
Elijah had heard the still, small voice of God. He was not the same prophet who had fled from Jezebel and later hid in a cave. Elijah met with God at Horeb. He heard the gentle whisper of the Lord. Intimacy with God changes you.
Deeper intimacy with God doesn’t just warm your heart; it emboldens your spirit. Growing quiet and hearing from God doesn’t just calm your soul; it awakens your courage.
The new Elijah could no longer be intimidated.
Perhaps the enemy is bringing threats and accusations against you during this season; you can take confidence in Christ. You aren’t who you once were. Like Elijah who sat firm on his mountaintop, the Gospel will silence the voices of fear and keep your spirit lifted. The whisper of God will make you strong. And that’s the Gospel!