Why was Elijah afraid after his great victory?
Even individuals of great courage and conviction have moments when
discouraged. After the euphoric victory on Mount Carmel, it seems
Elijah’s emotions fell. He was not indestructible. He had human
“Elijah was a human being just like us” (Jas 5:17).
might think that in the rush of victory, Elijah would have felt
Instead, it seems, he felt exhausted. We might think Elijah would
welcomed Jezebel’s challenge as an opportunity to attack his enemy at
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,
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.
reading is drawn from the NIV Quest Study Bible, published by Zondervan. You can
learn more or purchase a copy here: http://links.biblegateway.mkt4731.com/ctt?kn=4&ms=NDE0NTM0MDcS1&r=MzMwMjE4Nzg5MzkS1&b=2&j=MTg3Mjc0MTMyS0&mt=1&rt=0
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978,
1984, 2010 by Biblica , Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved
These Scriptures are copyrighted by Biblica, Inc. and have
been made available on the Internet for your personal use only. Any other use
including, but not limited to, copying or reposting on the Internet is
prohibited. These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form and must
remain in their original context. These Scriptures may not be sold or otherwise
offered for sale.
These Scriptures are not shareware and may not be