How Could He?
How Could He
I usually hear these three words when someone is teaching on Elijah (I King 19), and they are expressing
their confusion of how a man so powerful that he can pray to God and the Lord rain fire from Heaven in one chapter. Then in another chapter he runs for fear of what Jezebel will do to him. And at only the word of her threat he hides under a tree and asks for his life to be over.
Yet, I want to submit for your consideration, that this is the reason why Elijah was perfect for all of the other miraculous assignments given to him by God.
Elijah seemed to just appear out of no where in the bible. He was from Tisbe. No one had heard of him before God called him forth. He was bold and Godfident. He performed miracles and when his mantel was passed on to Elisha, he performed double the amount of miracles than Elijah. His final one happening after his death. (Contact with Elisha’s bones, brought a man back to life.)
So, how could a man so anointed seem to run and hide in fear? I will tell you how. Because he was a man. A man (human) just like you and me. A man whose faith is strong, but even in the most unexpected time, his faith was tested. Sometimes we lose in the battle. I had an Elijah under the tree experience recently. But what I know about God is this. That He will come for you. (I Kings 19:9-18). The Lord will speak to you in your run-and-hide stage and call you out. As a matter of fact, HE is calling you out right now.
God is not saying “How could he/she?” He knew everything about you before HE called you. HE knew your insecurities and proclivities before calling you HIS own and anointing you to be just who HE created you to be. God will always, always come for you. The only question remaining is how will you respond? Will you answer HIM with a resounding yes, while in the midst of your failure and fears?
God wants to deliver you from all of your fears and get Glory for the new life that He has prepared for you to walk in. It is time to get up and be the you God created you to be. HE is not condemning you; HE has come for you.
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