Sitting Underneath a Juniper Tree (1 Kings 19:1-4)Bro. Mike Meade, August 26, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Christian life is a series of ups and downs. One day you are on top of the mountain, seeing God move and work in your life. And literally the very next day you can find yourself down and discouraged. Elijah found himself in this situation.
One day he experiences a great victory, calling down fire from Heaven and defeating 450 false prophets of Baal. He was very confident in his God, the One True God, and even gets a little cocky and mocks those false prophets.
But, the very next day he finds himself discouraged, sitting underneath a juniper tree, and wishing that he would just die! What happened in 24 hours to take him from that victorious experience to this lowest of lows?
Discouragement and depression are real, and prevalent in our world, even among Christians. Listen as we examine how Elijah found himself in this situation, and what we can do to avoid the same.
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1 Kings 19:1-4
1And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 2Then 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. 3And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. 4But 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. (KJV)