Elijah has just completed a monumental spiritual task and yet the evil in the hearts of men and the spirit of jezzebel doubles down. This is shocking. For Elijah, it meant he felt defeated and scared. If this wouldn’t convince them, what would? We must note that Elijah doesn’t question God, but himself. He makes the statement that he is no better than those men of God that came before him. He asks God to take his life because he sees himself as useless to the task he was made for. It can be hard in ministry to remember that all that we can do is what God asks us to do. Even after Christ died and rose again, many people refused to believe out of the hardness of their hearts. It can be tempting to equate this with our own efforts but we shouldn’t. If we have been faithful, then we can rest in the idea that God knows what he is doing. We can know that our efforts, which may seem to amount to nothing, still carry cosmic weight behind them. Indeed, Elijah’s efforts are still preached today. They did not go unnoticed and are important touchstones for spiritual warfare to this day. We must keep our faith even if things don’t immediately go as planned.
1 KINGS 19:1-10
Posted byJosh McGaryPosted in1 Kings, Bible Thoughts, blogs, teachingTags:1 Kings, 2023, bible, Bible Thoughts, depression, elijah, faith, jezzebel
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts