HE ASKED THAT HE MIGHT DIE

Today's devotion from 1 Kings 19.

Fighting the good fight can be quite taxing. Following his battle with the prophets of Baal, Elijah is drained.  After he had just defended the name of the Lord in front of all those people, seen God move in an unimaginably miraculous way, and defeated hundreds of God's enemies, Elijah is pushed over the edge by the threat of one woman. Granted she happened to be queen, but one must consider that something is going on here. In fact, some point to this chapter as an example of depression found in Scripture.

I remember hearing Dr. Steve Gaines say to pastors in a conference, "Don't take Mondays off. You should never feel that miserable on your own time." It is difficult to keep our strength up all the time. This is proven by the examples we find in Scripture as well as the message of Scripture itself. For example, Paul tells the Galatians, " Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up." (Galatians 6:9, CSB)

In order to restore His servant, God sends an angel to minister to him before finally calling to him personally. In this beautiful account, God reminded Elijah, as well as us, that we cannot always count on the bold and blustery things being that important. The queen was loud and boisterous, but did her noise really mean anything to God? Neither a great wind that tears at the mountain, nor an earthquake that shakes the foundations of the world, or even a fire that dances and consumes all in its path can compare with power found in a whisper uttered by God.

Sometimes there are moments when we need to stop and breathe. In these moments, while the whole world spins wildly out of control around us, perhaps the most powerful thing we can do is remember the words of Psalm 46, "Stop your fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, CSB)