So [Elijah] said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 1 Kings 19:10
Elijah just experienced a great victory over the prophets of Baal through the power of God.
The Jezebel, the queen of those prophets, promised to hunt him down and kill him.
Elijah ran away and began to have a pity party. He felt as if he was the only person staying true and righteous to God. He felt like everything was upon his shoulders. No one else could or would do it, so that left him to do it alone.
He believed himself justified in his complaints to God.
He thought he was special and it was totally unfair for anyone to seek to kill him, much less a wicked queen.
I know how he feels. I’ve had my share of full-of-myself-righteousness and all-by-myself-working-for-the-Lord.
The reward is not on this earth. We aren’t fellow laborers to get rich or recognition.
Our work for God is for His glory and honor. It is to lift up the Name of Jesus so others are drawn to Him.
It is to stand against evil and sin, regardless of the cost.
There is no room in God’s kingdom for a self-pity party.
Jesus did not die on the cross so you could feel bad about the way you’re treated.
He died to give you life and to give it more abundantly.
When things don’t go well for you, take the attitude of the early church, who were found rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts 5:41