1 Kings 19
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”
3 Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.
so if you know the story, Elijah has just called down fire from heaven and has wiped out the prophets of Baal. not only that, but he has prayed for rain after a severe drought, and God answers the prayer and sends an amazing rain. heck, Elijah even outruns Ahab’s chariot on foot.
then it all comes unraveled. he gets a threat from Jezebel and he bolts. he runs and he whines. in fact, he says he’s had enough and it’s time to die.
i feel like Elijah. i’ll have a great victory and amazing things happen, then my enemy sends a threat or does something to derail me. it seems to be that way for a lot of people i know. we let the enemy come in and steal what joy we experienced in the victory. the fact is the enemy is fighting a losing battle as he has already been defeated, but we still let him get to us.
it happened to me today. i had a great week of freedom. we had an amazing service this morning at uncommon, and then i let something that was pointless and trivial derail my day.
but there is good news.
first of all, Elijah gets fed and is strengthened with some food from heaven. enough to be able to travel for 40 days. and now read the rest of the passage.
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before theLord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lordwas not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
so Elijah gets to stand in the presence of God and present his case to Him. how cool is that? and God comes and whispers to him and then promises him that he is not alone. so my question is, how many times do we have a victory, get derailed by our enemy and then miss the opportunity to be fed by and stand in the presence of God. i don’t know about you, but i don’t want to miss that. in His presence is fulness of joy. that’s where i want to be.