1Kings 19:1-3, “.. And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life…”
Elijah’s encountering with the prophets of Baal is a very interesting story in the fact that he was so zealous for the Lord. He challenged the prophets of Baal as one man to prove to them all who the real God was. In other words, 1 man against 450 prophets of Baal. They were all prophets only that one was a true prophet of God and someone had to challenge the theology of the rest. What an awesome opportunity to stand for the Lord. You might be the only believer at home or at work yet you are not intimidated by the fact that the people surrounding you are not believers. You can stand strong and tall and challenge their stand through your lifestyle, your walk, your message. Elijah did, he prevailed and killed all the 450 prophets of Baal.
Upon receiving a word of what happened to her prophets, Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah and he ran for his life. How is it that we can have boldness to fight but at times some type of Jezebel threatens us and we run for our lives? Fear is lethal, it cripples. King Ahab was not a threat to Elijah but his wife Jezebel the queen was. That boldness he once had to stand for the Lord was threatened and challenged. Listen to his cry to the Lord 1Kings 19:4, “…And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” “It’s over, I’m done, I’m finished, I can’t see anything beyond this, I don’t see any more victories lined up for me, take my life. I can’t fight any more, it’s just too much. I caved when the pressure was too much. I conquered many prophets of Baal by God’s grace but that Jezebel threatened to take my means of livelihood and I couldn’t help but find a place to hide” I imagined all these running through his mind. Elijah did not see the reason for living anymore and he was right because after all, he would die by Jezebel’s sword and if the Lord killed him, he would die peacefully. Couldn’t this man who called fire from heaven stand on the thought of whose he was?
God knows what we need better than we do, God knew this man was under pressure. Dying was not what he needed; he needed encouragement, refreshment, rest, food and a time to refocus. The Lord responded to his need first before he dealt with his complaint. Vs. 5″…suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” He needed to be away from everything else to be one on one with God. He had a want yet God was only responding to his need. Twice the Lord fed him with bread and water which kept him strong for forty days. My first point for today, God knows your need better than you do. It was reported this week that a pastor killed himself just before he went to church where he was expected to preach that Sunday morning. Who knows what kind of pressure he was facing and like Elijah he saw no need to live anymore.
At times under pressure, all you need is to get away from everything, seat and let the Lord feed you with His bread and water because the journey is still long. Giving up is not an option, He has not given up on you, why should you give up on yourself and more so on Him? To continue Blessings Ev