Elijah left the last chapter on a high, having destroyed the false prophets, running to reach and influence the king. But he seems to lose the political advantage and is again hunted as public enemy number one by Queen Jezebel. He loses all hope.
Tired, hungry, he staggers one day into the desert and gives up. He tells God to just let him die. And if the lack of food doesn’t get him the Queen surely will.
God gives him food for strength enough to hide properly. Then 3 displays of his power, earthquake wind and Fire. Then silence out of which he listens to Elijah’s utter loneliness and hopelessness and then promises help and victory over Ahab and Jezebel.
The help comes first. Elijah shares his mantle with Elisha, who like Jesus’ disciples unhesitatingly leaves a busy and prosperous life to follow.
It’s a passage that should restore the hope of everyone who reads it. It details how caring God is.
First he attends to the immediate physical needs, the good Shepherd, food and shelter.
Then the reminder of his power, after which the intimate solace. God listens, promises.
And the help. Is there anything more encouraging than other believers who share your sense of God’s mission?
That’s our God! I pray that me and mine may know that God. If you are desperate, it’s worth crying to him.