And God said, “It is not good that man should be alone…”
…especially in battle.
One major reason Elijah buckled under the attack of fear and depression, and fled from Jezebel – after being used powerfully by God – was because he was alone.
And the major reason Elijah was alone was pride.
Let me explain.
Before the fire contest on Mount Carmel, Elijah met Obadiah, the king’s governor, who told him that he had hidden one hundred prophets of the Lord in two caves. (1Kings 18:3-4, 13)
However, on mount Carmel, Elijah boldly proclaimed to the 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophet left.” (I Kings 18:22 NIV).
He wasn’t trying to protect the other hundred from being discovered.
It was what he truly believed – because he repeated the same statement to God later.
He was basically saying, “I am the only true prophet of God alive because I am not hiding somewhere, afraid of a woman. I – alone – have been chosen to deliver Israel from idolatry and evil.”
Pride deludes you into believing that you are the only one really qualified to be used by God – in whatever capacity. It makes you feel you were meant to save the world or your territory – and every other person is mere mortal. Not as ‘worthy’ as you.
Pride causes you to disdain hiding prophets – until you run for your life from Jezebel.
Simply put, Pride gives you the Superman complex…
…and it always goes before a fall.
What do you think might have happened if, at the point of his depression, Elijah had gone to the caves and stayed with the other prophets for some time?
(1) They would have surrounded him – like Paul in Acts 19:19-20 – until he became strong again. then,
(2) They would have encouraged each other – just like Peter and John who went back to their own company after being released from prison. The Bible records that when they had prayed, the place shook and everyone was filled – again – with the Holy ghost and boldness. Acts 4:31.
At the cave, Elijah would have challenged the prophets with his boldness and fire – and imparted courage into them.
What do you think would have happened to Jezebel if, at the end of that period, a hundred and one Elijahs came out of hiding?!
Israel would have, literally, caught fire!
But, no. He had to go to the mount of God. (Sounds spiritual, doesn’t it?)
Even there, he repeated the same statement to God. “I am the only one left, and I am under attack for trying to save the world.”
There and then, God set him straight: “Don’t get it twisted, Elijah. I have seven thousand men – just like you.”
Not just a hundred prophets – but seven thousand uncompromising men!
How do you think Elijah felt at that minute?
But God wasn’t done with proving His point:
For the next three assignments to the king of Israel, He completely bypassed Elijah – and used other prophets. (I Kings 20:13-14; 20:28; 20:35-43).
Where had these prophets being all this while?
In hiding for sometime…until they were emboldened by God to come out, even though Jezebel was still alive.
Now, how do you think Elijah felt when, finally, God sent him to Ahab to confront him about Naboth’s vineyard?
He would have been very humbled – and very grateful.
He would have realised that everything he had – even fighting for God – was a privilege.
I also believe it was a teachable lesson for his successor, Elisha. The Bible shows the constant interactions between him and the sons of the prophets, so much so that they actually lived with him. I Kings 6:1. He was rarely alone.
You see, God is not looking for lone rangers this season. He is aware that one will chase a thousand and two will chase ten thousand – and as the end rolls near, He is looking for the Highest Possible Impact In The Shortest Possible Time.
So instead of individual Supermen, He is forming His Justice Leagues, His Avengers, His X-Men, His Fantastic Fours…or Sevens…or Hundreds – bringing together His warriors with their special gifts and talents to fight for the Kingdom. (I’m sure you get my drift.)
The battle in the endtime is too big to be fought alone. In fact, the Joel 2 army has only one Person out in front – and that’s the Commander-In-Chief. Every other person is in a rank. I repeat: Every. Other. Person.
Ask God to lead you to your rank and your company in the army.
Let Him help you find your League.