The prophet of fire had been told by the word of the LORD that he would send rain on the earth (1 Kings 18:1), that he was to go and show himself unto Ahab. The greatest trial of Elijah’s life had been won, the prophets of Baal defeated, and even sentenced to death, and the sentence carried out; and the rain had come, just as the LORD and the prophet had said.
“And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.” 1 Kings 18:46 (KJV)
It seems to be abundantly clear by all that has came to pass, with the challenge of fire, the death of the false prophets of Baal, and the rain; that the hand of the LORD is upon Elijah. Evidently Elijah was a very fast runner. With Ahab in a chariot, and Elijah on foot; Elijah seems to have out run the king to the entrance of Jezreel.
We begin seeing something about Elijah that shows us that Elijah was only a man who had human flaws, just like the rest of us. He had his moments of doubt, of fear, and feeling as though he stood alone against the mobs of Ahab and Jezebel.
Elijah coming off the greatest victory of his life; at least up to this point; faces the threats of Jezebel. Upon hearing what Elijah had done,
“Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.” 19:2
Elijah, the man, the prophet who had the “hand of the LORD” upon him, then, runs for his life. Not only that he begins requesting that he might die (19:4); instead of taking his life the LORD sent and angel to care for his needs; feeding him a baked cake of figs, raisins, or something else, and giving him water to drink. My, how the prophet was being ministered unto by the LORD through an angel. It is proof that the LORD is not finished with Elijah. The hand of the LORD is still on him. The angel prepared the cake and the cruse of water.
My the power of the angel’s food, the LORD’S food. For Elijah went forty day and forty nights in the strength of that food (19:8). I find it fascinating that often after great victories, comes great let downs. Fears, doubts, and just not knowing what lies ahead, can bring temporary defeat. This was a time of renewing for Elijah. He was hearing from the LORD.
God took him to a place where he would learn about the greatness of the LORD and His Word, again.
The hand of the LORD is on all those who put their trust in Him. Your trust is in Him through the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ; His death, burial and bodily resurrection. Believe Him, trust Him, and God’s hand will be on you for blessing and eternity.
-Tim A. Blankenship