The Depressed Prophet {BIG WORD: 1 Kings 19-20}

If there ever was a mountain-top spiritual experience, Elijah’s Battle of the Gods in 1 Kings 18 would define it. But after that … what? Well, Elijah entered a valley. A dark one.

This week our Big Word discussion centered on 1 Kings 19-20. In those chapters we encounter a depressed, burnt-out prophet who struggles to see any success in his ministry or remaining value in his life. He questions God, runs away, hides and then — THEN he is restored. Refreshed and restored.

If you’re on the mailing list, you received the study guide over a week ago. If you’re not, you can download that here. It’s shorter than usual. I encourage you to look through the questions. Think about the ramifications of the included details within these chapters. Dive into God’s Big Word for yourself. You might be surprised what you find.

We definitely stayed up later than usual last night discussing all of this! (You may notice I seem a little less awake in this video than in previous ones. Kids, I am tired! And still suffering from a slight vacation hangover. We’re back from Florida, but my brain clearly missed the flight.)

How do you respond when what you’re sure will happen just … doesn’t? The prophet had big expectations of the whole nation returning to God. After all, they had just witnessed a HUGE display of His supremacy! Who wouldn’t guess the next steps? But instead of kudos and a promotion, Elijah received a death threat from the queen! His unmet expectations drew his eyes away from God and onto himself. It was not a good place to be. Not for him nor for us today.

TRUTH: God is always faithful. While our situations may shift and our perceptions of ourselves and of God may evolve, He doesn’t. He is the same. His truths are consistent. Results or what comes next is not our responsibility. Our responsibility lies only in obedience. The results are up to Him.

If we keep our eyes on Him, on His true character, we need fear nothing. If we persistently walk with Him, we need regret nothing. {click to tweet this}

Your turn: How do you keep perspective when facing unmet expectations?

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