Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, `So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don`t make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!` When he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day`s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, `It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.` (1 Kings 19:1-4)
Even the best of God's servants go through times of despair and desperation. Here, Elijah, one of the great prophets of God, through whom God had done great miracles, is running for his life, fearing the threat of the evil queen Jezebel.
Just recently he had prayed to God and God had sent fire from heaven to accept his sacrifice. He had destroyed 850 false prophets all by himself, but now he was depressed and cried out God to take away his life.
As believers and ministers, we need God's presence at all times. When he is with us, are souls can be at peace. His presence gives us the rest and comfort we need.
If you feel restless and desperate this day, pray for God's divine presence to be with you as Moses prayed once...
God answered him and said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." (Exodus 33:14)
Dr. Johnson Cherian