Go Forth Faithfully!
1 Kings 18 tells how Elijah challenged 400 prophets of Baal and, by the power of the Lord, proved that Baal is no god at all. Elijah remained faithful through many trials but ran when Queen Jezebel threatened his life. Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness. Then, sitting under a juniper tree, he requested his death with these words to God: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers” (1 Kings 19:1-4).
After receiving sustenance from God, Elijah traveled to Mount Horeb, a journey requiring forty days and nights. When he arrived, God queried, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah was ready to give up and die, but God had better plans for him. In 1 Kings 19:15-18, God informed Elijah of His plans. He also told Elijah that circumstances were not as hopeless as he had previously thought.
Many loud, influential voices speak against God today. Because the faithful are not always so easily heard, some Christians feel entirely alone, as Elijah did (1 Kings 19:14). If you feel alone, please know that you are not. You may not be able to hear the voices of the faithful today, but that does not mean they do not exist. Even in Elijah’s day, seven thousand had not bowed their knees to Baal (1 Kings 19:18). Elijah did not know of their existence, but they were there.
Do not run from the difficulties you face as a Christian. You are not alone. People are turning to God through His Word every day, and God is still with you (Romans 8:33-39). As long as you live on this earth, God has good works for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Do not seek eternity before God calls you to it. Go forth, as Elijah did, and be faithful!