Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Mighty Victory - followed by Depression

King Ahab is a study!
He spends three years comitted to killing Elijah the prophet.
Now he is obeying him like a eager puppy dog!

Elijah Prays for Rain

41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”

42 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”

The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”

45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt[f] and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel."

This is amazing on every level. God told Elijah there would be rain before there was any. Elijah goes up to the mountain top to pray for rain. Why? If God told him it was coming, why did he pray for it to rain?

Then he runs for 20 miles after the busiest, most emotionally and spiritually taxing day of his life!!

1 Kings 19

1 "When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. 2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”

3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. 4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

After all Elijah has been through, he is NOW afraid and flees for his life! But he had been fleeing for his life for the last 3 years! Why is he now afraid??

At the end of the story we see Elijah in physical, spiritual and emotional exhaustion.

He is wrung out.
And depressed...

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