"Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. 'I have had enough, LORD,' he said. 'Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.' "
(I Kings 19:3-4)
Elijah was so consumed by his own fears that he left behind all of his responsibilities. That included his servant whom he was in charge over! He ran because he felt terrorized by an evil Queen, Jezebel. He was frightened by the powerful ability she had to manipulate, sway, and control others. Queen Jezebel had domineering influence that would bring fanatical forms of Baal worship into her home and nation. She demanded that her gods be considered equal to the God of Israel. Her unrelenting persistence brought her into direct conflict with God's prophet, Elijah. She threatened to kill all of God's messengers, thus, Elijah fled in fear. He failed to remember that his God was more powerful and would prevail against any evil that would try to come against God's people.
Interestingly enough, when Elijah was alone he cried out to the Lord and prayed that "he might die" for he "had enough." Now, did Elijah really want to die? I think not. If that was the case, the evil Queen would have gladly taken care of that for him. She despised it when people worshipped Yahweh, the one true God. The truth of the matter is that Elijah was having a "pity party." He felt alone and due to his panic, he tried to run from his problems, only to realize that running doesn't solve anything.
Beloved, what are you running from today? Escape is not the answer to life's challenges. To run is to trust in yourself and not in the God that created you. Running from God is not the solution. It doesn't resolve anything. In fact, if left to your own devices, you may even make things worse.
We all have the temptation to "run" at times. Even David, while in his troubles said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest" (Psalm 55:6).
Beloved I urge you today ... don't give up, don't run! God is faithful to complete the good work He has begun in you. "If He called you to it, He will call you through it."
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email email@example.com .