I know there’s a lot going on in our world, not to mention the challenges we are presently dealing with in our own personal lives. Sometimes it feels like we just can’t catch a break!!!
Well, as I was creating today’s meme, the Spirit of the Lord reminded me of the prophet Elijah’s lonely and life threatening predicament. He too wanted to throw in his towel (mantel), but God had another plan in stored.
You can read I Kings 19:1-18 to find out the details, however in verse 10 Elijah said, “I, even I only, am left.” In my opinion, Elijah wasn’t just feeling alone, he was feeling downright lonely when he spent the night in a cave on Mount Horeb. He had just defeated the false prophets of Baal in one of the most memorable showdowns ever, and instead of being celebrated, he was being hunted by Jezebel. He left his servant behind, went into the wilderness alone, and prayed he would die (talk about throwing in the towel). He then journeyed 40 days and 40 nights and sat in a deep funk wondering what difference any of his work made. He was depressed and dejected. Just when all hope seemed to be lost, God stepped in at the right time and ironically asked him the same question He asked Adam and Eve (Gen 3) when they too attempted to hide from God: “Where are you?!”
God revealed himself to Elijah—not in a great wind or earthquake or fire—but in a still, small voice (v. 12). God had been there all along, undetected by Elijah. Furthermore, God revealed that Elijah was never alone but one of a company of 7,000 who hadn’t bowed to Baal.
Elijah was blessed to have the LORD personally tell him he was not alone in his faith. But by that same token, because of its inclusion in the Bible, the Lord is telling you and I today that we are not alone in our plight and/or battles. He sends His Spirit to comfort us. He sends His unknown angels to watch and cover us. He sends encouragers to strengthen us and He sends His Word to guide us.
That being said, I don’t know what plight or battle you’re facing in this season, but what I do know is if it’s still bad God ain’t done yet because He never ends on a negative.