Elijah Ran Scared
After the earthquake, there came fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 1Ki 19:12 (NLT) (Emphasis mine)
“She’s going to kill me. I’m the only prophet of God left, and now that wicked Jezebel wants me dead.” Elijah said to his servant. “Let’s go.” They ran for their lives. Elijah left his servant in Beersheba and fled into the desert. He hid under a juniper tree, tired, hungry and depressed. He wanted to die.
Hours before, this mighty man of God had challenged 950 of Jezebel’s prophets to a showdown. Elijah’s God vs. their gods, and Elijah’s God won. With confidence in his victory, Elijah ordered the killing of all Jezebel’s prophets, but when Jezebel threatened to kill him, he ran for his life.
God had to deal with His prophet and child, because He needed Elijah to finish His work. God sent an angel to awaken Elijah from his sleep, provide him some food, and send him further away from Jezebel.
A forty-day journey and Elijah was safe within the cave of a mountain, hiding from Jezebel and from God.
God spoke to Elijah and told him go out of the cave and stand before Him. Then, a mighty display of power surrounded Elijah. The wind split the rocks, the ground quaked, and fire burned all around, but Elijah didn’t hear God in the grandeur of His power. Instead, Elijah heard God’s gentle whisper.
God dealt with Elijah in gentleness. Elijah didn’t need to hide from God, and neither do we.
When We Run Scared
When we face a showdown with the enemy, we call out to God and expect Him to take up our defense, and He does. He hears our cries and responds. Even though we know God’s got our back, sometimes we get scared in front of our enemy and run instead of standing strong. The enemy taunts us, and we think we’ve failed God. Like Elijah, we run from God instead of to Him. Then, God needs to deal with us.
Maybe we find our hiding place in the comfort of our home, the safety of the church pew, or under the darkness of the bed covers. But, we can’t hide.
God Deals with His Children in Gentleness
God’s Children can’t run scared. He needs us to stand strong, to speak the truth, and proclaim hope to a hurting world.
As God’s children, we need to trust and be confident in His love, and run into the shelter of His loving arms every time we’re scared.
In this violent world, we need a gentle God.
Loving, yet strong, gentle, yet mighty, and merciful, yet just. He will protect us in the violent world. We have no need to fear.
He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
Call to Action
If you have failed to stand up for your faith in Jesus, or maybe you have never tried because of fear. I encourage you to run into the mighty protection of a loving, gentle God and find the strength and courage to stand strong.
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