1 Kings 19:3-5 — 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, 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.” 5 Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep(NIV).
Thoughts can either partner with our faith or propagate fear. Nobody demonstrated this truth better than Elijah. He was a prophet who had great faith. In 1 Kings 17-18, you can read about some of the miracles God worked on his behalf.
Elijah was used by God to raise a widow’s son from the dead and to defeat the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. His prayers also ended a three-year drought. Elijah knew that God answered prayer, so it’s safe to believe that when he fell asleep under the broom tree, he didn’t expect to wake up. After all, he prayed he might die! But how did it come to that? How could a man with such great faith pray for God to kill him?!
He received a death threat. Jezebel heard about Elijah’s victory on Mount Carmel and vowed to kill him. Elijah was afraid and ran away. The thought of someone wanting to kill him overwhelmed his faith. He became depressed and decided his life was over.
Please listen to me. Fear originates in your mind. Countless people live in fear because doubt, worry, and unbelief clutter their thought life. They allow what they see to control their faith instead of allowing their faith to control their response to what they see. 2 Corinthians 4:18 encourages us not to fix our eyes on the seen (or temporary) but the unseen (or eternal).
Christians have no business living in fear. It is vitally important for you to meditate on God’s word daily (Joshua 1:8) and discipline yourself to pray (1 Peter 4:7). Then your thoughts will be more likely to line up with your faith, rather than promote fear. Think about it, and have a great day!
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