Elijah, a man of God 10: theunfetteredpreacher

The angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.  And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

This is where we left Elijah,  40 days and nights, no food or drink, till he reached the mountain of God.  

1 Kings 19
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”  

Elijah answered, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Still pushing I am all You have Lord, I am the only faithful servent You have.

The Lord spoke:  “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.

Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:   And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.

Elijah knew the voice of the Lord, he had spent time with the Lord, we see here the Lord, shaking up his depression.  Reminding him, you know Me, trust Me, I know where you are, and the fear that is within you.

The Lord asked him again:  “What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Elijah again gives the wrong answer:  “ I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Has he forgotten the children of Israel came back to God after the fire fell.

The Lord gave him new orders:  “Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:    And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.   And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

The Lord, in spite of Elijahs wrong headed thoughts, still knew he would do as commanded.  He names Elijahs successor, Your work is nearly done, have faith…  Then He told him once more:   “Yet I have left me seven thousnd in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

We do not need to know all the Lord has, or wants, or does.  He needs us to do as He desires, in spite of what we think, or know or think we know.

Even an obedient, faithful man of God, can feel defeated, misused,  depressed.  It takes obedience, to work through our doubts, fears and misunderstanding.

Just find your secret place,  rest in Him,  follow His directions, He will see you through.

5 thoughts on “Elijah, a man of God 10: theunfetteredpreacher

  1. I sure identify with Elijah when he says, “I have been jealous for the Lord….” and I can think of a thousand situations where I would like to “right” things for the Lord since he won’t do it himself!

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