By Pastor Steph Peterson (January 23, 2022)
1 Kings 19:1-4
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down 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 prophet Elijah experienced incredible miracles. He defeated the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, and he saw God bring rain after 3.5 years of drought. But not long after, he heard that Queen Jezebel wanted to execute him and he ran for his life. He knew God’s power and presence first-hand, but the thought of one more battle was overwhelming and he wanted to give up.
As we kick off week three of the fast, you may be in the wilderness. Maybe you feel overwhelmed, or you’re suddenly fighting a difficult battle, or you can’t hear God’s voice. I was inspired this week by a quote from Jenn Johnson: “Spend time in His presence until you come away changed.” KEEP SHOWING UP. Keep praying, keep reading His Word, and keep worshipping until He speaks. Sometimes, God lets you walk in the wilderness so you can hear Him more clearly and He can bring you back into alignment with His plan.
After Elijah wandered for 40 days, the Lord called him to Mt. Horeb to receive his most important assignment: to anoint Elisha to succeed him as prophet. Don’t give up in the wilderness! Lean into His presence and listen for His voice. Remember that He is with you, and you stand on His promise of victory through Jesus Christ!
Lord, help me to remember who you are and what you’ve done for me. When I walk in the wilderness, help me to arm myself with your Word and press into your Presence. Give me eyes to see your plan and purpose for my life, and help me to hear your voice. Thank you for the victory I have in Jesus. Amen.