1Kings 17:1 NKJV And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
This surely was a bold word that Elijah spoke. I want to be that confident in everything I do for the Lord and in life. The good news is this Scripture tells me how I can have that kind of boldness and faith. To stand fearlessly and confidently like Elijah did here in 1 Kings 17 one must know two things. The first is God lives. The second is God is backing you up.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If you don’t believe He is, you’re certainly going to have a tough time standing up for the guy. More than just believing in a God out there somewhere, Elijah said, “As the Lord God of Israel lives…” He knew God was alive. He spent time with Him in His presence. He spoke to God. You can too. Hebrews 12:25 says, “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks….” I know God is alive, you may say. Yes, but the more time you spend with Him the more alive and real He will become to you. The more convinced and real He’ll become to you. I know my momma is alive and true, but every time I speak to her I confirm that truth and become even more convinced. I know my mom is alive, because I spoke to her this morning. I know the Lord God lives because I talk with him all the time. In the New Covenant, God made this easy by taking up residence in the Believer (Romans 8:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 15:5). I don’t know exactly how this is possible, but the more time you spend with Him the more convinced you will become that He is alive.
Then Elijah said, “…before whom I stand.” In essence, he said he was there on God’s behalf and it was God who was backing him up. Elijah was no better than the weather forecasters today. He couldn’t accurately predict what time the rain would stop or when it would start. He certainly had no power in himself to command the rain. His confidence rested in God. Elijah knew God was able and more importantly, Elijah knew the will of God. When we know God’s Word to us, when we know His promises and his nature, we can fearlessly stand on His Word and proclaim His promises in any circumstance because we know God is with us backing up His Word.
Psalm 37:5 NKJV Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
We can have the same fearless confidence Elijah expressed in proclaiming God’s Word concerning the rain, as we spend time with Him and His ever present reality in our life grows, and as we become more convinced He is backing up the Word we speak. Then we can boldly speak God’s Word without wavering, knowing He will surely bring them to pass. Then in the face of king lack, king sickness, king depression, we can confidently, fearlessly, and boldly proclaim His promises of provision, abundance, health, joy, peace, etc. He’s backing up and He is His Word, so FEAR NOT!