We all have that one person, thing, or place that we will do anything to avoid. Something so awful has happened to us that we just can’t bear to be in its presence. Instead of facing the giants in our lives that control our emotional state of mind, we try to sweep them under the rug, pretend they don’t exist, look the other way, or don’t even acknowledge the problem is there. Elijah was in the same boat, after going to Ahab and telling him that the rain will now begin again after a period of over 3 years and Israel would prosper once again that the prophets of Baal had been destroyed. Here comes Jezebel!
1 Kings 19:22 “So jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the Gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them”.
Wow, you bring Israel back from worshiping Idols and rain will fall on the land once again, being decimated by drought and now the King’s wife wants you dead, talk about an ungrateful bunch!! Evil people have no conscious, they are out for themselves and will do anything to get it. Sometimes we get caught in the crossfire of their actions, sometimes it is directed at us. Life is hard enough in this world without having to worry about what others think, do, or say about us.
Nahum 1:2, “The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies”.
And we should not judge those who do us wrong. Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge or you too will be judged”. Whatever the motive might have been for Jezebel to want Elijah dead, he feared for his life and ran away and hid until the Lord came to him and told him all will be good, and there were thousands of believers like him in the land. Many times, we don’t stop long enough to hear what God is saying to us to calm our fears. Many times we take things into our own hands, but many times we run and hide from the problems that are attacking our minds. Let God speak to you, just as he did with Elijah and so many others in the bible. There’s no need to fear Jezebel. Or anyone else.
Written by Robert Breault: Robert is a full-time staff member serving anyone who’s hungry in the Food Service Department. He is married to Shirley Holmes-Breault who volunteers at the Colony of Mercy at the intake office. Robert and Shirley love the beach, Schroon Lake, and their 3 children and 2 grandchildren.