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Overwhelming Journey ..... 1 Kings 19.1-9
« on: November 17, 2018, 19:20:18 »
When Your Journey is Overwhelming …. 1 Kings 19.1-9 

This can’t be about a man of God who got a moment’s weakness because of a moment of sin; for that would describe a man who rebels against God or the nation of Israel 900 years before Jesus.  No, Elijah was God’s man who was not in the act of rebellion.  Elijah was God’s man who came to a point where he was overwhelmed by the rebellious world living around him; a rebellious world living around him and against God.   By reading 1 Kings 19, and the previous chapters, we discover this rebellious world and a rebellious King Ahab and his wife ‘Jezebel.’ Who was mad because God overcame sinful prophets of a cultic god called Baal.  Now, Jezebel threatened to murder Elijah (a great prophet of the living God). Elijah simply was exhausted, and now he reached his burn out for God point.

When I consider his tired soul, I can understand why he might be to the point of burn out.  Though he ran in fear, Elijah knew to call out to God. He had called on God on Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18) and watched as God took care of the bad rebellious prophets. Now, Elijah was worn from the event and the murderous threats from Jezebel. As he called God on that mountain, now he must call God in his valley. And Jezebel, I wonder if she had anyone in mind to carry out her murderous threat against Elijah. The Baal prophets were dead, but there might be someone else she could get.  We only know that Elijah ran in fear, and that he had his servant with him. Was the servant Obadiah? 

Elijah knew to call out to God in his troubles.  God was directing Elijah on this path to another mountain; the mountain of God called Mt. Sinai and the place where the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  There was important work for Elijah to continue in; however, a retreat was necessary. Elijah must hear God on the mountain before he could continue his prophetic ministry. God allowed His prophet to run in his fear, but to run to the place where he would face that fear. Only when Elijah got to the place of self recognition, did the Lord employ an angel to attend to his prophet. Elijah had to come to the place of total abandonment. He had to come to the place where he could do nothing.

The prophet was tired, weak and about to give up on life. When Elijah came to the tree he slept under, he still had a forty day walking trip to the Mt. Sinai; mountain where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush.  For Elijah to make the journey, he had to have God’s provision. When he got that, he was empowered to travel the remaining path to the mountain of Sinai.  It would be here where Elijah would hear the Word of the Lord.

This passage doesn’t address those who rebel / sin against the Lord. Many convince themselves that their sins are covered when, in fact, the soul is dead to doing right things. If so, this passage is not for you. However, this passage is for those who do live the Christian life. This is for those who do the works of God in the world. This is the life of a Christian.  Perhaps, you live for the Lord, but the world around you attacks your faith and works.  You may grow tired and just give up. Don’t do it!  God is very provisional in these times. When you have come to the end of your power and humanism sets in, get back into your prayer with the Lord God. His understanding and provisions are outstanding.  God wants to take you to the mountain place; rather than the overwhelming place. You may have an overwhelming journey, but God is using that journey to get your attention. Find yourself again, pray through to the Lord, look up and see what He brings to you. Get back up and go the journey to the place of the mountain.
Pastor Gerald Casselman