I came across a passage in the Bible this morning in which a prophet was sent by God, but this prophet didn’t go anywhere. The one to whom he was told to declare God’s Word came to him.
“And Jeroboam’s wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age. And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he [is] sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself [to be] another [woman]. And it was [so], when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself [to be] another? for I [am] sent to thee [with] heavy [tidings].” (1 Kings 14:4-6)
This is the same “sent” that God used when He inspired the prophet Isaiah to say, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8). It’s the Strong’s Hebrew root 07971 in the Online Bible.
The prophet Ahijah couldn’t see because he was old. His disability prevented him from making any special trips, so God providentially put Jeroboam’s wife in Ahijah’s path. Those of us who are interested in declaring God’s Word don’t need to make any special trips either.
God providentially puts people in our lives, and He wants us to declare His Word to them. We need not be moving to be sent. We are in a constant state of being sent if we are God’s children, born of His Spirit.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
God knows that no one can literally go into all the world, and some can’t even go out of their houses. HE has made provision even for people with very limited ability to be “sent” to preach the gospel. So, if you are not a missionary, if you don’t have the megabucks to travel all over to witness, etc., don’t worry. If you’re one of His, God is sending you even now; as you read this; you are “sent”, just like the prophets Isaiah and Ahijah.