Go Reclaim

This week we have moved onto the prophet Elijah, one of the great ones who was taken up into heaven on a chariot at the end of his ministry rather than die. He may have been one of the great prophets but here we get a glimpse into the life of Elijah and see that not everything is going well. Elijah had been making some pretty big statements and backing them up with action. He had bested the prophets of Baal proving that the Lord God is the true God. Elijah finishes chapter 18 by killing them all. Now, the problem with all of this action was that Queen Jezebel was a follower of Baal and she was not happy at all. In fact, she declared that she would do to Elijah what Elijah had done to ‘her’ prophets. So, Elijah fled. Everything was going wrong. He had won a great victory for God, but instead of glory he was running for his life. We read that Elijah gave up and asked God to take his life. Elijah’s life has reached a defining moment. A servant of God, zealous in his actions he has become a lone voice and is under pressure from all sides. He is despairing. All around him is noise and chaos. He appears to be suffering from guilt and is showing all the signs of being depressed. He has endured alone enough. Hopelessness is taking a grip of his emotions. Eli