1 Kings 19: 1 Elijah Flees Jezebel
1Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."…
Jezebel was enraged about the death of her prophets because they had told her everything she wanted to hear, prophesying her future and her glory. Their job was to deify the king and queen and help perpetuate their kingdom. Jezebel was also angry because her supporters had been eliminated and her pride and authority damaged. The money she had invested in these prophets was now lost.¨
3And he ( Elijah) was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."…
Both Jezebel and Isaiah was angry. Jezebel was angry with Isaiah and his God. Isaiah was angr with God because he had to run away and hide to save his life. After his victory over the false prophets, it was not what he expected to happen, I supposed.
Are you angry at God? Did you feel neglected too? Are you dissappointed?
I was once, I remember as if it happened yesterday…
One day, ( I was 11 years old) I witnessed an intense argument between my mother and my father’s nephew who came for a visit. He was so aggressive towards my mother, so she took a knife to defend herself. I cried to the neighbor for help, but no one came. Things happened so fast, I thought she stabbed my cousin, but he managed to run away with just a small wound. But, the police came later and put my mother in jail. Then our whole world fall apart. What would happen to us? Who would take care of us? It was my mother who was the only one who worked to support us. My father couldn’t do anything. He was deaf and blind. What was he thinking? It must be awful for him too. Did he cried? Angry at God too? I just couldn’t tell. It was a sleepless night for all of us. We were so afraid. I prayed. No answer from God.
Again, I asked my neighbors for help, but no one cares or they didn’t want to be involved. I don’t remember how many days my mother was in jail, but when she was released, we sold anything we could sell of property and moved to a faraway place. My mother told us that since no one cares for us in the neighborhood, we might better leave. She said that we can all die there, but there will be no help to find. I thought, why was everybody so cruel to us? Where was God? Why he couldn’t defend us? Maybe it would be better if he just let us all die and be with him in heaven? It was like there was no place for us to have a better life, to be happy and to feel that someone cares………
But I was totally wrong, God had been with us all the way, through all the storms in life. Now I feel so blessed in every area of my life. I had no reason to be angry with God. Everything happened for a reason.
Like what happened to Elijah…
5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great spiritual victories: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for the rain. ( 1 Kings 18: 17-44) Often discouragements sets in after great spiritual experiences, especially those requiring physical effort or involving great emotion.
But God feed Elijah and let him rest. That gives Elijah the strength to continue with the mission God had called him to do. Mission that needed courage and faith. That is what we all need. God’s courage in us and faith that he will be with us no matter what.
So, if you are angry at God or disappointed by your current situation, don’t. God said: