Why was Elijah afraid after his great victory?


Questions Answered

Why was Elijah afraid after his great victory?
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1 Kings
19:3–5

Even individuals of great courage and conviction have moments when
they feel
discouraged. After the euphoric victory on Mount Carmel, it seems
that
Elijah’s emotions fell. He was not indestructible. He had human
weaknesses.
“Elijah was a human being just like us” (Jas 5:17).

We
might think that in the rush of victory, Elijah would have felt
invincible.
Instead, it seems, he felt exhausted. We might think Elijah would
have
welcomed Jezebel’s challenge as an opportunity to attack his enemy at
its
source. Instead, he retreated.

It may be that Elijah was facing a
personal crisis of faith, identity and
vision. Now that he had won his
lifelong battle against the prophets of Baal,
why was his life still in
danger? Didn’t he deserve a little rest? Hadn’t he
earned the right to retire
in peace? Sometimes the thought of another battle,
after just finishing one,
is overwhelming.

We can only speculate about what actually fueled
Elijah’s fears. But we can
readily see that he was human. God met Elijah in
the midst of fear and doubt,
giving the frightened prophet comfort and rest.

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