The prophet Elijah was scared. Queen Jezebel had threatened his life. As a result, he fled about 600 kilometres to a cave at Mount Horeb.
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” God asked.
“He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (1 Kings 19:9-10).
If that’s how I felt I’d probably be hiding in a cave too!
But notice what Elijah said. He said he was “the only one left.” However, because of 1 Kings 18:13 we know that he WASN’T the only one left. There were still 100 other prophets.
My point is this. When we’re feeling afraid and defeated, our thinking can get messed up. For example, we can think we’re alone when we’re not.
Fear and failure have a way of blurring our thinking about what is really going on.
Today, as a follower of Christ, you are never truly alone. The Lord himself is with and in you (1 Corinthians 6:19), and you are a part of a worshiping community of mutual learning, service and encouragement called the “body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27). I’m also guessing that many of us have started to take for granted the people God has already put in our lives on a regular basis.
If you’re feeling afraid or defeated reach out for help. Talk it out. Pray together.
Don’t let an irrational fear that there is no one to help you, stop you from reaching out to the ones who actually are.
By Matthew Ruttan
–This Sunday, September 20th I’m starting a new teaching series called “Down-To-Earth,” an in-depth look at the wisdom in the book of James. It starts at 10:01am on Sunday morning.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.