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Running Scared? You’re Not Alone!

Posted by John Smith on August 17, 2012

1Kings 18:22  Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD…”

1Kings 19:2-3 NKJV  Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”  (3)  And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

 1 Kings 18 is a pretty exciting and action packed chapter.  The prophet Elijah returns after having proclaimed it would not rain except at his word… and it hasn’t for 3 years.  Then he calls out 450 prophets of Baal and challenges them to prove the power of Baal vs. the reality and power of the Lord God of Israel by calling down fire to receive a sacrifice.  The prophets of Baal tried everything.  They prayed, sang, jumped, shouted, and cut themselves all day long, while Elijah ridiculed them, yet at the end of the day there was no answer.  Then after having 12 buckets of water dumped all over the wood in the altar prepared for the Lord, fire fell consumed the offering, the wood and every drop of the water that flooded the fire pit.  Elijah defeated the 450 prophets of Baal.  Then he prayed, a rain cloud appeared, the Spirit of God came on Elijah, and on foot he outran King Ahab’s chariots and horses back to the city after giving them a head start.  WOW!  What an incredible day.

Now the queen, Jezebel, threatens to have Elijah put to death and he is running in terror, afraid for his life.  Why was Elijah running scared?  There are at least two principles we can see here that will help us to not fall victim to the kind of fear that overwhelmed and consumed Elijah.

Let’s just look at one of them today.  1 Kings 18:22 clues us in to one of them.

 1Kings 18:22  Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD…”

 Just before Elijah was used mightily that day, he already opened the door and his susceptibility to the attack that was to follow.  In speaking to the people, he opened a window to see his heart, which was that he saw himself as alone.  Even though Obadiah just told him that there were at least another 100 prophets of God alive and well (1Kings 18:13), Elijah saw himself as alone.  Elijah isolated himself by what he believed and spoke.  Then after he spiritually and physically exhausted himself the lie he believed and the feelings of isolation he felt further weighed him down so he could not stand against Jezebel and instead caved under the pressure of her threat.

Believing we are all alone in life, on the job, and in a fight will cause us to weaken and give under pressure.  Like Elijah you may be able to rise up in His strength and overcome a challenge or two, but when you become tired you will need others to stand with you and encourage you to stand strong.  As long as you believe you are alone, like Elijah you will eventually succumb to the pressure and give in to fear.  But you are not alone!

Don’t believe the lie… you are not alone.  You are not the only person that feels the way you do.  And you aren’t the only person going through it.  Open your ears to the people in your church and other precious saints that keep telling you they are there for you.  Talk to your pastor or trusted leaders.  They will stand with you and along side of you against whatever comes your way.  You are not alone… take that thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).  You are not alone, FEAR NOT!

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