Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis

In 1 Kings 19:1-21, we see Elijah in the depths of despair.  The prophet is sitting under a juniper tree, asking God to take his life. The mighty prophet of God is discouraged and depressed. He has been used mightily of the Lord and he had expected a great revival to come to the land. A revival in which the people of Israel would repent of their sins and turn back to God with all their hearts. When this didn't happen, and when Elijah was threatened by the wicked queen Jezebel, he felt as though he and his ministry were a failure. Therefore, he ran away from his position, his problem, and his people.

While Elijah is a perfect picture of one who is depressed, he is also a portrait of a man who is guilty of sin. Verse 4 reveals the truth that Elijah's trouble stemmed from thinking more highly of himself than he should have. This is a problem we are all encouraged to avoid, 1 Cor. 10:12; Rom. 12:3.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3

Certainly, God's perfect will for Elijah would have been for him to have stood up against Jezebel and to have led the country in renewed devotion to the Lord God. Of course, we all know that this isn't what happened. Yet, when we see how God deals with the fallen man of God, it can show us the steps God takes in the lives of those He wishes to restore to usefulness and power.

As this chapter in the life of Elijah comes to an end, we find him well on the road to recovery. He is back, and he is serving God once again! The Lord's ministry in his life has delivered him from the brink of death and of shipwreck. Some of you need that ministry today. You are on the verge of quitting on the Lord. You are discouraged and defeated. Others have wandered off into sin and are living lives that are not pleasing to the Lord. I wonder if He is speaking to your heart this morning? Is He saying, "What doest thou here?" If he has spoken to you, you need to come before him and ask for a fresh heart!

 
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