Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. 1 Kings 19:3-4a
Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Listen: 1 Kings 19
Elijah had just faced off and defeated four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal in an epic showdown between Baal and the Lord. In front of this enormous crowd, God’s victory through Elijah was decisive and final. It was time for celebration. Perhaps they would begin a festival and give Elijah a place of authority near King Ahab. Maybe they would all turn to the Lord as a nation.
Unfortunately, that is not how the story goes. Instead of being the hero, Elijah becomes a fugitive. Jezebel sends a messenger to Elijah promising to kill him. Imagine how deflating this news must have been. The discouragement was magnified by how great the victory over Baal should have been. Elijah must flee once again—and he has to do it alone. Finally, Elijah hits his breaking point.
Have you ever been there? Maybe you weren’t alone in the wilderness on the run from a queen who wants you dead. But have you been disappointed and on your way to discouragement or despair? Ever hit your breaking point, felt alone and wondered how you possibly move forward?
Unfortunately, discouragement can be an occupational hazard of pouring yourself out for others. We all experience it at one time or another. This week we will see how Elijah responds to discouragement, and more importantly how God meets Elijah there.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Welcome God into your week with a prayer of openness. Pray something like this, “Father, sometimes I can feel alone and discouraged. I know you love me and are always with me. Would you show me more of who you are through this story of Elijah and help me to move forward through my disappointment? Thank you God, Amen.” Also, download this week’s lock screen to remind you of God’s desire to meet you today.
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