In these passages is the account of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, threatening to kill Elijah after Elijah had killed all the prophets of Baal. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life to Beersheba.
An angel appeared to Elijah to comfort and nourish Elijah. The angel then sent Elijah on a 40-day journey to Horeb, the mountain of God, the mountain where God appeared to Moses. God spoke to Elijah on the mountain and told Elijah to anoint Elisha to become Prophet in Elijah’s place.
Elijah was fearful of being killed because he had witnessed and knew of many other Prophets being killed in Israel. He did not seem to have enough Faith to trust God to protect him.
God used Elijah greatly, and Elijah realized this. He should have trusted God to save him from Jezebel’s wrath. More importantly he should have been willing to die if it was God’s purpose for him.
We too must be willing to suffer and even to die standing for the Truth of God. Difficult times are coming for believers, and we still have freedom of choice. We can turn away from our Faith to save ourselves, or we can stand firm in the Faith and be persecuted. I choose to stand firm in the Faith, even unto death. I pray that God will give me the strength to do so.