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Week 18 Day 6
there are those images
of the prophets as always
the heroes hurt
the faithful fail
the joyful become sad
the good give up
the wounded withdraw
the brave are beaten
the strong weakened
the fire extinguished
the prophet Elijah ran away
fearful of what might happen
but even in fear the Lord is present
and in our anxiety the Lord is abiding
there is something to be said for retreat
to be alone to assess
to be by yourself to begin again
to withdraw so you can review
to seek the will of the Lord
we may want to hide at times
but that is not where we stay
fleeing is fleeting
retreats are not permanent and we come round again
renewed and encouraged
visited by angels
whether in hell or heaven
the Lord is there
FEAR AND DEPRESSION "What are you doing here, Elijah?" I Kings 19
1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he
had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel
sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me,
and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of
them by tomorrow about this time." 3Elijah arose and ran for
his life, and went to Beersheba, and left his servant there.
4He went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came
and sat down under a broom tree. He prayed, "It is enough!
Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!"
5Then as he lay and slept, suddenly an angel touched him,
and said, "Arise and eat." 6There by his head was a cake
baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and
lay down again. 7The angel came back the second time, and
said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you."
8So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength
of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the
mountain of God.
9He spent the night in that place; and the word of the Lord
came and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 10So he
said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for
the children of Israel have killed Your prophets. I alone am
left; and they seek to take my life."
11Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before
the Lord." Behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong
wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces,
but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an
earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13When Elijah heard it, he stood in the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly a voice came to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
14He said, "I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."
15The Lord said to him, "Go, return on your way to the
Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael
as king over Syria. 16Also anoint Jehu king over Israel, and
Elisha you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 18 I have
reserved seven thousand in Israel, who have not bowed to Baal."
19So he departed, and found Elisha plowing with twelve yoke
of oxen. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.
20He left the oxen, 21followed Elijah, and became his servant. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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