Today we are dealing with Kings1 18. The key for chapter 18 is in verse 37. He just
Soon after a day of public victory, Elijah had a day of personal defeat. Indeed, it was a day of personal introspection and learning in the presence of the Lord for him.
So, it is clear that in the life of any a servant of God that ministrial success is not a guarantee that the man of God is as robust in his personal life too. Success in ministry is not evidence that one is successful or perfect in his personal walk with the Lord. Isn’t that a beauty of the Bible record of biographical history?. In fact, chapter 19 is complete opposite to chapter 18. In 18, we see nothing of the personality of Elijah but 19 reveals a great deal about his feelings and state of mind.
Enter God to the rescue in chapter 19. The LORD was with him through the ups and downs of his life. Also, thankfully, Elijah was as open (with his feelings) as a faithful and obedient prophet that he is despite his ‘feeling defeated, ‘ personally. The Lord never gave up on Elijah and grant him his wish for ‘death.’ The Lord simply reminded him that He still continues to be faithful to Israel becasue of His covenant with Israel and chapter 19 is just that.
So, in conclusion, it is the Lord that we need and should go back to in a day of success and as well as in a day of defeat. In a day of desparity, we all tend to run/retire to a place of defeat, forget the Lord’s presence, take desperate measures, retire to old habbits/sins, conclude wrongfully, etc…. In his case, 1) he thought he was the only faithful left in the land, 2) he walked to Mount Horeb 40 miles, and the Lord’s advice to Elijah was “go back the way you came to the desert of Damascus” in verse 15 and revealse that he was not the only one faithful left in Israel and wrongfully concluded (though based on partial truth) that Israel had forsaken the covenant, broken the altars, and put to death His prophets, verse 19:10. The Lord had 7000 faithful people who had not bowed their knee or kissed the Baals in worship. Elijah simply did not know it.
No wonder the Lord asked him, not once but twice, “What are you doing here?” First time in verse 19:9 and second time in verse 19:13. The Lord answered his question perfectly well, but Elijah did not answer the Lord as well because he had no explanation for his ‘desperate conclusions.’
Let us not fall into the same temptation and not judge things before hand; conclude only after a careful analysis; dthe needful research;aask and learn; keep our mind open as the heart is open to the Lord.