Scripture: I Kings 17-19, Isa. 40:31
Last week I wrote asking the question, “What do you do after the battle is won?” Today, let’s consider a great man of God, a great prophet, and see what happened to him after some victories.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
Elijah was a prophet during one of the darkest periods of Israel’s history. His name meant “My God is Jehovah.” His first message to Ahab, king of Israel, was that there would be no dew nor rain for 3-1/2 years. During this time he:
- hid at the brook Cherith. I Kings 17:3
- God sent ravens to feed him bread and flesh in the morning and in the evening and he drank of the brook. vs. 6
- After the brook dried up, he was sent to Zaraphath where God used a widow woman to supply his need from a barrel of meal and a cruse of oil. vs 9-15
- The widow’s son, who had died from an illness, Elijah brought back to life. vs 17-24
- The famous contest between the prophets of Baal and the God of Israel took place with God sending down fire to consume the sacrifice, the wood, stones, dust, and the water. Of course the prophets of Baal were complete failures, and Elijah’s God the Victor. vs. 18:20-40
Talk about mountain top experiences! Elijah could have been waving his hands in victory. But remember what I had said last week. So let’s see what happened next.
Ahab was told rain was coming. vs. 41-46
Elijah had already ran back to Jezreel when king Ahab arrived and told his wife, Jezebel, all the Elijah had done (he didn’t admit it was God) in the slaying of the prophets of Baal. She now put out a threat to Elijah that she would take his life by the end of the next day.
Elijah quickly goes from mountain top with the Lord, down into the pits of despair and tells the Lord he wishes he could die.
Why would he do that? Why do we do that? The simple answer is we (as Elijah did) quickly forget all the Lord has done for us and we take our eyes off from Him and onto our circumstances. We have let our guard down; and we run away from it all; so we think.
But the our gracious Lord does what only He can do. With a “still small voice,” vs. 9-18, He let Elijah know he was not alone. He assures us of the very same thing, doesn’t He? Oh ye, of little faith; why do you doubt; I often have to ask myself; what about you?
God has so much more for us. He wants us to walk and not get weary.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isa. 40:31