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The Fear of Elijah

Scripture Focus: 1 Kings Chapter 17-19

In 1 Kings from Chapter 17, we read about Elijah and how God enabled Him to perform the supernatural. One notable work he did is when he gathered the prophets of Baal and challenged them to know who is the true god between Baal and the LORD. We saw how the LORD responded and revealed his power to these people.

In Chapter 19, the situation changed when Ahad told Jezebel everything that Elijah did and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Jezebel warned Elijah that she will kill him. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. In verse 4, Elijah prayed that he might die and talked to the LORD and take his life.

Elijah, even a God’s prophet, who experienced God’s power firsthand, became afraid and ran for his life! In our lives, we experienced His power and faithfulness but when the situation gets worst, we tend to disbelieve, become afraid and run away from it.

But God did not forsake Elijah. He sent an angel to bring him cake of bread and jar of water. He was strengthened and able to journey for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God (verse 5-8) where he received further instructions from the LORD. As we dwell further into the succeeding verses, we saw how Elijah trusted God and obeyed, and how God turned the situation favourable to Him and kept His promises to Elijah.

Never ever lose hope. The God who worked in your life before, will be the same God who is continuously working in you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. His grace abounds that even in your worst times, you will be able to endure. Seek Him no matter the situation is. He will surely answer you and direct your path. Completely trust in Him.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me. – Psalm 56:3-4
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