In 1 Kings 19, we find a very different Elijah than we are accustomed to seeing in the Scriptures. After being threatened by Queen Jezebel, the prophet runs as far South as he can — out of the nation, into the wilderness and finally up Mount Horeb. The weary prophet is swallowed up in self-pity and discouragement. No matter how faithful we are or how powerfully God has used us in the past, any one of us can fall prey to self-pity (a form of pride) and discouragement. God graciously understands our struggle, but desires for us to discard our self-oriented perspective and instead focus on His faithfulness, power, and perfect plan. We have a wonderful future in Christ! Let’s redirect our gaze to what’s ahead of us and let go of the challenges of the past.
–Chris Rodriguez, Assistant Pastor