1 Kings 19:1-10 – “Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ” So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” 6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” NASB
If you have just followed the directions of the Holy Spirit and won a miraculous victory in the Lord you dare not let self, and fear creep in and destroy your confidence. That’s where Elijah was. He “feared” Jezebel more than he rejoiced in the power of God and that is why he was standing in the cave, hiding and saying, “Woe is me, I’m the ONLY ONE LEFT!”
He should have been emboldened and ready for the next challenge, but he wasn’t. He should have did as Jesus and after his victory withdrew to be alone with God and allow the Holy Spirit to engrave in his heart the nature of God. He had done what God said. He had seen the victory. Then he allowed “fear” to fill his heart and saw the devil bigger than God and ran to hide feeling sorry for himself, justifying it by saying, “I’M THE ONLY ONE!” That is not only self-righteous, but it is also destructive thinking. God made it clear that he was NOT the only one and that He (God) was still in control.
We are the messengers and God uses us to bring about His accomplishments on this earth. We depend on His power and presence to stand against the enemy and therefore need to always remember that if He sends us, He will protect us, provide for us, empower us, and equip us for the job. Therefore, we have No Reason to Fear because if they kill us, we win and if they don’t, we win, but either way, We Win!
Our job is to do what He says, nothing more and nothing less. We are to be where He wants us to be, when He wants us there, doing what He wants us to do, and leave the results in His hands. Rejoice that He has chosen you to do whatever it is that He has set before you No Matter What That Might Be, great or small. It is for the Kingdom of God! It is important and it is backed by the Omnipotence of Heaven! As you begin your week, go, knowing that you are “led by the Spirit of God” and He will not guide you wrong.
May the rich blessings of our LORD be yours today and every day!