As was so aptly pointed out in the comments on Elijah and The Prophets Of Baal, the story didn't actually end where I closed. What follows is a clear example of Elijah being so much like us. He had just witnessed a powerful, dramatic manifestation of the power of God. He was right in the center of God's will doing exactly what he was called to do. It had to have been the most exciting day of his life.
Yet in the very next chapter, we find Elijah fleeing for his life due to Queen Jezebel. Think of Jezebel as the female version of her husband Ahab and you'll have a pretty good idea of what her character was like. God cursed her due to her wickedness and she was eaten by dogs. Nothing was found of her except her skull, the palms of her hands and her feet.
Rather than run to God, Elijah runs away. He tells God he's had enough and he wants to die. He is under the belief that he is the only one left in Israel who is serving God.
A lot could be written about this but I just want to point out a couple of things:
We need to run to God when we face trials; not run away.
After great victory, be prepared. The enemy is going to try to plunge you into the depths of dispair. You have to keep your focus on what God has done in the past and apply it to your present and future. Remembering what God has done for you previously will help you face your current circumstances.
God always has a remnant. When you think you are alone, you are not. Elijah believed he was alone but God told him there were 7,000 others in Israel who were faithful. Granted, when you consider the entire population of Israel, 7,000 was probably a mere drop in the bucket. On the other hand, 7,000 is a far cry from 1.
God will send others to help us. We may not always be aware of it because we don't physically see it. Cancer has taught me what it feels like to have people praying for you, even when you can't see them. So often, I will suddenly rise up and feel strength surge through my body and spirit. Fears will be vanquished and joyful victory takes their place. It will be very apparent that I am being prayed for because I know it wasn't anything I did. Sometimes it almost seems as if I can hear them. How do I know this is the prayers of the saints? Invariably, I will start receiving messages from people which say things like, "I just kept praying for you all day last Tuesday." or "God just kept bringing you to my mind and I prayed." I can't emphasize the power of prayer enough!
Right after this revelation, God sends Elisha to anoint his successor, Elisha. Elijah would no longer be laboring alone. Now he had Elisha at his side. We, like Elijah, need each other.
Praise God! He will never leave us in the depths of despair. He will turn our mourning into dancing. We may not know when but we can be confident that He will always do what He has promised!
Great follow up. Let the truth be told. As great as Elijah was, and there was in many respects no greater prophet who ever lived, he was still a man. After the amazing display of God's power with the prophets of Baal, he was tired and spiritually drained. He no more finished this and was told Jezebel was going to hunt him down and kill him for destroying all her prophets.
How could a man who just cut off the heads of 450 of the most evil men on earth be afraid of one woman? Jezebel was no normal woman, she was the ruler of Israel. Ahab was king in name only. Jezebel was the one who manipulated Ahab into doing all the wickedness he is responsible for as king.
A spirit of Jezebel is a real live and incredibly destructive demon. This spirit caused the great prophet Elijah to run and hide in fear. This spirit caused John the Baptist to lose his life. This spirit attacks those who have ministries of a prophet.
As in all spiritual warfare, there is a victory promised and a victory will be gained. It took awhile, but Jezebel received the due recompense for her life of manipulation of Ahab and the kingdom. I would not wish her death upon anyone.
The spiritual battle is not for the faint of heart or for those not rooted and grounded in the truth. But, if one totally trusts God and puts on the whole armor of God; victory is available and in fact is assured.
Thank you for telling us the "rest of the story".
Blessings 2 You