You might think the great prophet Elijah would have been so confident in God’s hand of protection he would never think to run for the hills. That’s exactly what he did, however in 1 Kings when Jezebel threatened him.
1 Kings 19: – King James Version (KJV)
<1> And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. <2> 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. <3> And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. <4> 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 Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
When your faith fails, God is always there to comfort and strengthen you.
<5> And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. <6> And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. <7> And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.<8> And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
He will shelter you in the “cleft of the rock.” Throughout scripture “The Rock” is referred to, and in my opinion, is a corollary to the Word of God, Jesus himself, the cleavage being the wounds he suffered on our behalf.
<9> And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? <10> And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
And so we see Elijah, that great prophet of the Lord, succumbing to his own human frailty, feeling sorry for himself.
<11> And he (God) said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: <12> And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. <13> And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
When you pray, wait for that still, small voice. Don’t be alarmed at the tumult going on around you
And again, perceiving he had God’s attention, Elijah made his complaint before the Lord
<14> And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Notice that the Lord didn’t chide him for unbelief but rather gave him a new job to do.
<15> And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: <16> And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. <17> And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
<18> Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Whenever you are feeling isolated and alone, remember Elijah in the cave and the seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.