by Rev Joel Yong
1 Kings 19:1-8
Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including how he had executed all the prophets. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah. She said, “May the gods strike me dead if by this time tomorrow I don’t take your life the way you took the lives of Baal’s prophets.” Frightened, Elijah fled to save his life. He came to Beersheba in Judah and left his servant there. Then he traveled through the wilderness for a day. He sat down under a broom plant and wanted to die. “I’ve had enough now, LORD,” he said. “Take my life! I’m no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down and slept under the broom plant. An angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” When he looked, he saw near his head some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water. So he ate, drank, and went to sleep again. The angel of the LORD came back and woke him up again. The angel said, “Get up and eat, or your journey will be too much for you.” He got up, ate, and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled for 40 days and nights until he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Elijah was tired and on the run.
But God took care of him.
He nurtured Elijah in his depression. He strengthened Elijah physically and then sent him on a journey – a pilgrimage to Horeb.
Read what happens-
1 Kings 19:9-10
There he went into a cave and spent the night. Then the LORD spoke his word to Elijah. He asked, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “LORD God of Armies, I have eagerly served you. The Israelites have abandoned your promises, torn down your altars, and executed your prophets. I’m the only one left, and they’re trying to take my life.”
Strangely God asked Elijah “What are you doing here?”
He knew Elijah was on the run. So the question wasn’t a request for information but meant for Elijah’s reflection?
“Why are you fleeing Elijah?”
Sometimes the same happens to us.
We encounter a giant obstacle in health, in our careers, in our relationships and we flee.
We are afraid of being overcome.
And forget that Scripture says we are more than conquerors in Christ.
So God reminds us now and then..takes us under His wing and demonstrates His power that His forgetful children might remember and be emboldened once again.
1 Kings 19:15-18
The LORD told him, “Go back to the wilderness near Damascus, the same way you came. When you get there, anoint Hazael as king of Aram. Anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel. And anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat, from Abel Meholah as prophet to take your place. If anyone escapes from Hazael’s sword, Jehu will kill him. And if anyone escapes from Jehu’s sword, Elisha will kill him. But I still have 7,000 people in Israel whose knees have not knelt to worship Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
Elijah was reminded of the huge reserves and supplies that God had.
He wasn’t alone.
The mountain was not that formidable.