Hope for the Lonely
Ernest L. Easley
1 Kings 19:9-10
Now join me for a few minutes this morning in the Old Testament book of 1st Kings 19. We read here the account of Elijah the Prophet fleeing from Queen Jezebel and do you remember why?
Well after he called down fire from Heaven on Mt. Carmel defeating the Prophets of Baal and then having them executed the Queen was angry!
In fact she was so angry that we read in verse 2, ''Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.''
In other words ''Elijah you have 24 hours to live.'' And we read in verse 3 that he ''ran for his life.'' After facing 850 angry prophets and defeating them he ran from the threat of a woman!
Now Elijah became so depressed and discouraged that he cried out to God in verse 4, ''It is enough! Now LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.''
Now if you keep reading you find how God provided for this prophet. Verses 5-6, ''Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, ‘Arise and eat.' Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.'' This may well have been the first case of angel food cake!
So far so good! Elijah is getting some rest and nutrition, which are two healing steps for depression! But after the rest look what he fought next:
Verses 9-10, ''And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?' So he said, ''I have been very zealous for the LORD ''God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.''
I can hear the Devil thinking, ''if I cannot destroy Eli ...
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