All of us are just one step away from something we can’t handle. It doesn’t matter how strong we are in the Lord or what victories we have had. We will encounter something that shakes us and stirs the doubt and fear within.

Look at the prophet Elijah. In the days of Ahab, Elijah called for the dew and the rain to stop for three years. During this time, Elijah was fed by ravens and was sent to the widow at Zarephath. While with this widow, Elijah and the widow’s family were fed with a single jar of flour and olive oil until the rain came again. When the widow’s son died, Elijah prayed to the Lord, and the son was brought back. This is the first time in the Bible that we read of someone dying and being brought back to life.

After three years, the Lord tells Elijah to meet with Ahab because God’s going to bring rain back to the land. In an amazing confrontation between the prophets of Baal and Asherah, the Lord is shown to be God while Baal is shown to be nothing. Elijah has the prophets of Baal executed and tells Ahab to go home and get ready for the rain. Once it started to rain, Elijah, filled with the power of the Lord, outruns Ahab’s chariot to Jezreel. However, after Ahab tells his wife, Jezebel, everything Elijah has done, she has this to say to him.

So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

1 Kings 19:2 (NIV)

Jezebel tells Elijah she’s going to have him killed like the prophets of Baal that he had killed, and how does he respond?

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

1 Kings 19:3-4 (NIV)

After everything the Lord had done in and through Elijah, he was shaken and ran away in fear and shame.

The Psalmist writes:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (BSB)

Life is full of highs and lows. Mountains and valleys. Good and bad circumstances. However, in every circumstance, God is always the same. Sometimes, we allow our circumstances to dictate how we see God. It’s part of being human. With every victory our confidence grows so much that we forget the failures. We forget all of those low times, and if we’re not careful, we can lose sight of who we are in Christ.

Indeed, Elijah ran away in fear, but he didn’t run away from God, and by the time he had reached Horeb, the Lord asked him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9 NIV).

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

1 Kings 19:10-12 (NIV)

In our lives, we’re going to have powerful winds that come and tear everything up. We will have earthquakes that shake up our lives and our confidence. We will have fires that rage and destroy the things that are precious to us. However, amongst all that chaos, there is the Lord. He is that gentle whisper and comfort that reminds us He can never be shaken.

If you’re going through some tough times right now, I want to encourage you to stop and spend some time with Jesus. If you’re not going through anything hard right now, I want to encourage you to stop and be thankful. Those times are coming, but regardless of how hard the winds blow and the earth quakes, we serve a God who cannot be shaken.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.