TIME OF HUMAN WEAKNESS
1 Kings 19:3-4 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servants there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat under it and prayed that he might die. ” I have had enough, Lord,”he said,” Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
The scene: Elijah, in despair, sitting under the broom (juniper) tree, in prayer.
Elijah had fled from the city of Hebron into the desert, there he stayed 40 days. NOTE: The number 40 in the Bible means testing, trials, tribulation, probation.
Jezebel had put out a contract (death order) on Elijah’s life for having ordered the killing of her 400 false prophets of Baal.
Elijah thought he was the last prophet of God. But God showed Elijah there were, in fact, 7000 who had not bowed down to Baal. (See 1 Kings:18)
A lesson to be learned here, only one of many, is all things may not be as they appear. The reality is that God has a plan and He is at work all the time; God is and always will be in charge and in control. He is Jehovah Shammah (Jehovah is there). He is in the midst of everything–Praise God!
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