BEFORE WHOM I STAND!
So much is said in Elijah’s words to king Ahab. Elijah KNEW his God, and had a very close RELATIONSHIP with Him!
1 Kings 17:1 AMP
“ELIJAH THE Tishbite, of the temporary residents of Gilead, said to Ahab,
AS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, LIVES, BEFORE WHOM I STAND,
there shall not be dew or rain these years but according to My word.” (Capitals added by me for emphasis.)
Elijah- (Hebrew) means, “My God is YAHWEH!”
“The significance of The Name Yahweh is that it is confirming God’s existence but most importantly, His Presence.” Ex 3:10-15
So, Elijah’s name means, “MY GOD IS WITH ME”, Or, “I carry The Living God within me”.
:1 The definition of the word ‘Stand‘- dwells, abides, continues and is sustained, nourished and established; by his God!
So let’s break it down even further:
Dwell– to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside. To linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon).
Abide– to remain; continue; stay. To have one’s abode; dwell; reside. To continue in a particular condition; attitude, relationship, etc.
Continue– To go on after suspension or interruption. To go on or keep on, as in some course or action; extended. To last or endure. To remain in a place; abide; stay.
Sustain– to support, hold, or bare up from below. To bear (a burden, charge, etc). To undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding. To supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life. To provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means of funds. To uphold as valid, just, or correct, as a claim or the person making it: the judge sustained the lawyers objection. To confirm or corroborate, as a statement.
(I heard Jesus say, “I AM whatever he / she needs!”)
Nourished– to sustain with food or nutrient; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth. To cherish, foster, keep alive, etc. To strengthen, build up, or promote.
Establish– to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis. To install or settle in a position, place, business, etc. To show to be valid or true; prove. To cause to be accepted or recognized. To bring out permanently. To enact, appoint, or ordain for permanence, as a law; fix unalterably. To make (a Church) a national or state institution. Cards- to obtain control of (a suit) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.
Psalm 91:1 AMP
“He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].”
So much, in just one verse. 🙂
Keep The Trinity in your thoughts and on your heart at all times.
Fear (highly respect and revere) The Lord.
Forgive quickly. Commune / Pray (speak with) The Lord continually.
Always listen for His Voice.
Worship and praise Him every moment and under all circumstances.
Your relationship with Him is vital!
Some great books on having a Relationship with The Lord are:
“The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E Taylor
“Drawing Near” by John Brevere
and “The Practice Of The Presence Of God With Spiritual Maxims” by Brother Lawrance.