It is interesting to read 1 Kings chapters 17–19 and see that Elijah, the great prophet of the Lord, went through some of the same emotions that we do.
In Chapter 17 he goes to Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, that there will be no dew or rain for years because of the idol worship in Israel.
Then God sent Elijah to Zarephath where God used him to provide for a widow and her son through the drought and when the widow’s son died and Elijah prayed and God restored his life.
Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets to prove who the real God was. Almighty God proved himself to them and the false prophets were slain.
Then because Elijah killed the false prophets, Jezebel threatened to kill him. This great man of God who had just accomplished so many great things for God, went into the wilderness, sat under a juniper tree, pouted and told God he wanted to die.
Elijah later went and lodged in a cave. God asked him why he was there. Elijah said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.“
God told him to go stand outside. God sent strong wind, an earthquake and fire, but God was not in them. Then with a still, small voice God spoke to Elijah. He again asked him what he was doing here and Elijah responded again with the same words.
God did not sympathize with him. He gave him his orders:
1. Anoint Hazael king of Syria
2. Anoint Jehu king of Israel and
3. Anoint Elisha to be the prophet to take his place when he was gone
He also told Elijah that he wasn’t alone, there were 7,000 prophets that had not bowed down to Baal and were serving Him.
God had used Elijah many times, but he got tired and discouraged. The devil loves for us to get tired because then he can come and start telling us his lies. We may get afraid of the threats we hear. We might believe him when he says we are standing alone. We are not alone. God is with us. Jesus said, “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).
As God was with Elijah, so will He be with us even when we are tired and the devil is taunting us with fear. We are not alone. Others go through the same tests. Now we need to listen for the still, small voice of God telling us the next things He has for us to do.
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