Elijah was a powerful, wonder-working man of God, but like all of us he had his bad days. After an awesome victory of slaying the 450 prophets of Baal, he immediately got discouraged when Queen Jezebel got so furious with him for his victory that she put out a contract on his life. So Elijah thought it would be the perfect time to call it quits for his prophetic ministry and he went underground (1 Kings 19). Then God asked him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” In other words, God was not accepting Elijah’s resignation. As long as he was living on earth, God had work for him to do.
Elijah tried to make excuses when he said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” Elijah relied on his senses to give him FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). He made unfounded assumptions to determine his actions and he got it wrong. The Lord then let him in on a secret–“I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him,” (1 Kings 19:18).
Afterwards, Elijah was immediately sent on three missions by the Lord, one of which was to choose Elisha as his prophetic protégé and successor. Elijah got some pep back in his step to fulfill even more for God’s glory.
We Christians today often face the odds against us like Elijah did and may even get discouraged enough to give up and burn out. Those are the times we must stop focusing on our senses and look to the Lord to share secrets with us to get back in the game. One thing we must realize is that God will always have a remnant even if they aren’t a vocal, eye-catching remnant because he has given us repeated assurances his kingdom on earth will never end no matter how many weapons Satan and his flunkies unleash. Take these following verses to heart:
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Daniel 2:44
But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. …
But the judgment [of Messiah] shall sit, and they shall take away his [Antichrist’s] dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him [Messiah]. Daniel 7:18, 26-27 (notice it says the kingdom is “given” to the saints by God, not “taken” by the saints for God like the false doctrine of Dominion Theology teaches)
…those things which cannot be shaken may remain [God’s kingdom]. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Hebrews 12:27-28
Saints of God, the Lord calls us to stay faithful to the ministry he assigns to us.