Elijah’s Disappointment 

Posted: April 29, 2017 in Arise and Shine, Da Grace Race, Dairy of a Freeman, Family, Help Line, The Grind Theorem, Touchstone

Read 1 Kings 19


Apparently, Elijah believed that the miraculous fire from heaven and the end of the drought not only would prove Baal to be a false god but would result in Ahab and Jezebel’s conversion to the One True God.

Ahab rushed toward his palace to tell Jezebel what had happened. Responding immediately,

 Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went(ran) for his life (I Kings 19:2-3).

 Avoiding the ruthless Jezebel was not weakness, but wisdom. After stopping to rest from his running and feeling defeated and discouraged, Elijah prayed: 

O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers (19:4).

There is no indication that Elijah contemplated suicide; he believed that God was the Creator and Lord of life and only He had the right to take life. What he meant was: “I’m a failure. I have not achieved my mission, and there seems to be no hope of restoring the nation to worship You as the One True God.” However, God lovingly provided for Elijah’s physical needs by sending an angel to supply nourishment after his long journey (19:5-6). Often our mountaintop spiritual victories will be quickly followed by opposition, or a time of testing in a solitary place.

When we stand before the Lord, each person’s work will be judged – not by how spectacular it was but by its true eternal worth. All of us have moments of disappointment when it seems we have failed. Often our estimation of what we should achieve is far different than what God has in mind. We are not called to always be successful, but we are always called to be available and to remain faithful to God (I Corinthians 1:9).


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