Real Challenges

Text: 1 Kings 19:10-18 Date: 04-25-2021 Speaker(s): Pastor Will Robinson

1 Kings 19:9 – 15;18 (NLT) - Real Challenges: pride, isolation, depression and self-pity 
What are you doing here? (Pride) 

9 There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 
10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 

God in unexpected places (Isolation) 

11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 
12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 
13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. 

Again, what are you doing here? (Depression) 

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 
14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 

You are not alone! (Self-pity) 

15 Then the LORD told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. 

18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!” 

Q. What was God trying to accomplish in Elijah’s life by means of these awesome and frightening object lessons? 

A. For one thing, He was reminding His servant that everything in nature was obedient to Him—the wind, the foundations of the earth, the fire—and He has a multitude of ways and means to get His work done. If Elijah wanted to resign from his divine calling, the Lord had someone else to take his place. As it turned out, Elijah didn’t resign but was given the privilege of calling his successor Elisha and spending time with him before being taken to heaven. God is in control of everything on Earth and above the Earth. 

Psalms 148:1 - 11 (KJV) 

1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 

7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 

8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 

MMM: “Remember, the Lord never leaves Himself without a witness and He never leaves or forsakes us!” 

Be a Berean “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11

Monday Review: 1 Kings 19 and the MMM 
Tuesday Read: 1 Kings 19:1-19 
Wednesday Meditate on: 1 Kings 11-13 
Thursday Memorize: 1 Kings 19:18 
Friday Write: How can you improve on hearing the Lord’s voice? 
Saturday Study: 1 Kings 17 - 19