Monday, July 25, 2011
1 Kings 19
1 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.
You know, when I read this account of Elijah’s life and how he was running from Jezebel, it amazes me how awesome God is! Now look at it this way, this prophet of God, who just defeated 450 prophets of Baal by the power of God, is now running from Jezebel because she threatened his life! This man was chosen by God to be His prophet and you know God knows all about us and He knew that this was going to happen and still He chose Elijah! Elijah, who asked God to let him die because he couldn’t take the pressures and more. Elijah, who was in fear of his life from a person who served the same god that His God had just defeated. He had lost his faith in God for a minute and look where it got him. Hiding in a cave, wanting to die. But God did not leave him hanging. He sent an angel to feed him and comfort him and to strengthen him for the journey to come. And if you read 2 Kings 2 you will see that Elijah was taken into Heaven to live with God! And this for a man who wanted to die!
What I get from this story is that God does not look for the perfect person to do His Will but will use the broken and the fearful and the simple to do great things! When I read God’s Word, I see that just about every man or woman that God used had a flaw. Weather it was Moses, David, Peter, Paul, they all had flaws, but God used them to do mighty things in His Name!! And if that is the case, I marvel thinking about what He can do in my life!! No matter what I am going through or how I may be fearful and doubtful about what God is doing in my life, I know that God is always right and He know what I am capable of, even when it looks like right now, I am good for nothing!
So no matter what you are going through or how far you may have strayed off the path of God, as long as Jesus is your Lord and Savior and you have Him in your heart, God has a plan for you! Remember the promise of God from Phip 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” It doesn’t see unless you mess up. It says that God, who has begun a good thing in you when you accepted Jesus Christ, will continue to work on you until the day of Jesus Christ! Hallujah!
Walk in His promises saints! They never fail!
In Jesus Name