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Don't Throw Your Coat & Quit
Series: Lessons Learned
1 Kings 19
Grab your Bible, and turn to 1 Kings 19.
Lord, speak to us today, and help us to hear Your still small voice. Give us a spirit of tenacity and passion to keep moving forward, even in the face of adversity and pain. May we never lose sight of Your provision and Your divine providence.
Here’s the back story: Elijah is the prophet of the day, and he was used by God to do great things, performing many miracles. God called him to confront people, not comfort them, and he dedicated himself to the Lord.
In 1 Kings, Chapter 18, Elijah summons the people of Israel to Mount Carmel along with the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah (he was a little tired of idol worship). Elijah challenged the people to take a stand that day, to follow whoever was the true God (see Verse 21). He set up an altar and the prophets set up an altar and all agreed that whichever God answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God. The prophets of Baal called out, shouted, danced, cut themselves all day until evening ... with no answer.
Elijah prepared his altar with stones, dug a trench around it, poured water all over it until it flowed over the trench. He prayed to God in Heaven. Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from Heaven and burned up the altar, the stones and licked up all the water in the trench. When the people saw it they cried out, “The Lord is our God.” Then Elijah slaughtered all the prophets of Baal that day. And they lived happily ever after … not so fast.
In the next chapter, Chapter 19, Jezebel found out and sent a message to Elijah (see Verse 2): “May the gods also kill me if by this time tomorrow I have failed to take your life like those whom you killed.” Elijah was afraid, depressed and felt abandoned. We are never closer to defeat and discouragement than in our moments of great usefulness, victory and success.
This is how Elijah responded:
• He feared for his life and ran.
• He told the Lord, "I've had enough!”
• He sat under a broom tree and prayed that he would die.
• He fell asleep in exhaustion; lonely and discouraged.
This is how the Lord responded:
• He sent an angel to minister to Elijah and feed him.
• He fed him a second time.
• He strengthened him for a long journey, 40 days to a cave at Mount Sinai.
• Then the Lord said, in verse 9, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah responds again, quickly:
• He has been serving the Lord zealously
• The people had torn down God’s altars and killed all of God’s prophets.
• He was the only one left, and they are trying to kill him.
The Lord responds again:
• “Go out and stand before Me on the mountain ...
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