Read 1 Kings 18:41-19:10 and you’ll find Elijah wrestling with some unhealthy emotions.
Such is the reason the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations” Study Book (Winter 2017, Elijah the Tishbite, Lesson 5, p. 65) asked, “Why do you think Elijah felt so alone? What can we do when we feel this way?”
Here are a few answers from my perspective to each question.
- He had been isolated from other godly people, for reasons no fault of his own, for quite a while (up to the neighborhood of 3 1/2 years!).
- The negatives of Jezebel had outweighed the positives of God in his heart.
- He placed too much faithfulness in fickle people.
- Do not withdraw from people of like-minded faith for too long – especially when we’re feeling weak in the faith (Hebrews 10:23-25).
- Think on good things. Negative aspects will always exist, but thinking on good things will help to maintain the proper balance of our spiritual reality (Philippians 4:8).
- Love people, but remember it is God who is faithful. All of the body is important, but the head is the only perfect part among us (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 1:9).
“Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:9-18 NKJV)