2 Kings 1:15 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
God always intended that Elijah would go down to the king. God was not afraid of Ahaziah, nor should Elijah be.
Neither was it God’s intention that Elijah be a puppet of the king. Ahaziah was not in charge. Elijah was not in control. This was of God. Elijah served the LORD, not Ahaziah. One hundred men died to demonstrate this truth. The captains, and their men, were subjects of the wrong kingdom.
Captain number three understood this. He had a duty to perform, but he did it with appropriate respect.
A man of God does not have to call fire down from heaven to maintain his submission to the LORD. He may accomplish the same by simply ignoring the pressure of those who refuse his Master. No man of God is interested in being treated like an authority figure. But he is interested in reminding others who the Ultimate Authority is.
Of course, the man of God must be convinced his call is of God, or he might be tempted to assume authority. On the other hand, if he is truly a servant of God, he’ll have no trouble sorting out the difference.
As for those who approach him, a teachable spirit goes a long way toward allowing the man of God to minister rather than resist.
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