Why did Elijah fear Jezebel’s threatening threats? Why did he run away from his longstanding emphasis of serving God and hide in fear under the shade of that solitary tree, deep in the wilderness? He was so shortsighted that he did not consider the source of this threat. The threat had not come from God ; it had come from an unbelieving, carnal homo sapien who lived her godless life light-years from God.
If Elijah had been thinking clearly and realistically, he’d have realized this. 3rd , Elijah was caught in the backwash of a great victory. That is when we want to set up a shield against the enemy.
He used to be a wanted, hunted man, considered by the king to be Public Enemy Number One. There’s little doubt that Elijah had come to the end of his rope physically and, for sure, emotionally—all of which could not help but weaken him spiritually. I’m not sure if Elijah was offended, but I’ll tell you he was tired. You can hear it in his tired words : “It is sufficient ; now, O LORD, take my life, for I’m not better than my fathers.”. It’ll cultivate a victim mind-set in your head. And in the worst-case eventuality, it can bring you to the point of wanting to die, which is precisely where Elijah was. We open the door for that pathetic liar, self-pity, when we build an impractical standard and then can’t measure up to it. Self-pity mauls its way within our minds like a beast and claws us to shreds.
Elijah was a courageous soothsayer, without question . He was also a person of great meekness, as we have seen. But let’s remember that he was simply a man—a human, subject to the condition of being human, as we all are. It isn’t surprising that at that point in Elijah’s life the great soothsayer hit bottom. For many years he had stood powerful amid and against almost impossible percentages and circumstances. But now, after a great victory, he dropped into the throes of discouragement and total despair. Since this is true, we should not be surprised to read that. He was terrified and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
I am satisfied this chapter has been included in Scripture. I am happy that when God paints the portraits of His women and men, He paints them warts and all. He doesn’t ignore their defects or hide their disasters.
Elijah had to get his eyes back on the Lord. He’d been used mightily, but it was actually the Lord who made him mighty.
He stood robust against the enemy, but it was actually the Lord who had given him the strength. Regularly we are way more enamored with the gifts God gives us than with the Giver Himself. When the Lord brings rest and refreshment, we become more thankful for the rest and refreshment than for the God who permits it.
When God gives us a good mate, we become soaked up in that fellowship and so engrossed with the mate that we forget all about it was our gracious God who gave us the buddy.