1 Kings 19:2-3 – Plunging from victory to fear

1 Kings 19:2-3

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.”

 3. And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. (‭NKJV)

Elijah just had a tremendous victory over the prophets of Baal. Next moment, fear came upon him and he was fleeing for his life. What triggered this? A threat from the evil queen Jezebel. Didn’t Elijah earlier say in 1 Kings 18:15, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand….”? Is he now no longer conscious that God is present with him?

Let us be instructed that this is the reality of the Christian life. Abraham had a tremendous victory over 4 middle-eastern kings. And he rescued his nephew Lot in Gen 14. Next moment, he was plunged into depression and fear in Gen 15. Jonah had such great success preaching to the people of Nineveh. Next moment, he was in such a depressed state that he asked to die. It is the experience of many Christians that they often face great temptations after a spiritual “high”. Perhaps this is meant to keep them humble and reminded that their true source of joy and help comes from God.

Are you discouraged today? Be assured that this is designed to keep you seeking God. Draw near to Him in such moments for He says in 1 Cor 10:13 that “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (‭NKJV)”. What you are encountering had been experienced by many who have gone before you. If God had been faithful to them, He would be faithful to you. Seek Him earnestly today.

Questions for meditation:

1) Knowing the constant possibility of temptation following a great spiritual experience, what am I doing to keep myself from falling into sin?

What you can pray for:

1) Lord, let me constantly have the joy of salvation and keep me away from sin.

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