The Tabernacle Scroll
"I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too" - [1 Kings 19:10 c, NIV]
(Read chapters 18 and 19 of 1 Kings for the context)
Elijah had just come away from a mountaintop experience where God had demonstrated His awesome power over the false prophets of Baal. So awestruck were the people that they fell prostrate and cried "The Lord - he is God! The Lord -He is God!"(18:39). As a result of this demonstration, Elijah was able to put to death the false prophets. When Jezebel, the wicked wife of King Ahab was informed about what had happened she sent a messenger to Elijah, swearing to kill him within twenty-four hours (19:2). Fear gripped Elijah and he ended up in the wilderness - tired, discouraged and hungry. An angel brought him food, and later God Himself ministered to Elijah's discouragement by speaking to him in a still small voice.
Fear is a killer. The Bible continually warns us not to be afraid. It tells us that "fear hath torment" (1 Jn. 4:18 KJV). "Do not fear" is not just an exhortation; it is a command! There is an antidote to fear and it is to be found "in the still small voice" of God. It is in hearing the word of God that faith comes; and when faith comes, then fear departs. Notice faith is not automatic; it comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17).
Like Elijah, everyone has weak moments. If we haven't taken time to care for our physical (i.e. natural) needs, we need to rest and eat. So also, if we are feeling weak spiritually, we must take time to be quiet and listen to the still small voice of God in His Word. This is essential food for our souls. It is the only food that can sustain us on our spiritual journey. Let's not forget that we are as pilgrims on this earth.
God met Elijah in his need (both physical and spiritual) and will meet us in our time of need too. If you have been under the misguided impression that the Christian walk should always be a "mountaintop experience", then you must not be surprised that the enemy keeps you in fear and depression! As long as we live in this sinful world, we will be afflicted with suffering in some shape or form. Keeping our focus on Jesus, "the author and finisher of our faith" will enable us to rise above the adverse circumstances that surround us.
It is good to pause at mealtime to thank God for meeting our bodily needs. It's even more crucial to read His Word and ask Him to nourish us spiritually. After all, He is the One who can strengthen the weary and fearful.
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