Elijah the prophet was hiding under a tree alone, deep in the wilderness. King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, had threatened to kill him, so Elijah had fled as far away as he could run in one day.
Elijah spoke the truth about King Ahab’s evil behavior. He also stood up for the Lord against 450 of Ahab’s false prophets. Elijah had enjoyed God’s love and care for him when ravens brought him bread and meat and when a widow fed him from an endless supply of food provided to her by God. (See 1 Kings 17.)
But now, under the tree, Elijah felt alone and discouraged. “I’m the only true prophet left, and they’re trying to kill me,” he said to God. (1 Kings 19:10)
Middle of the Story Questions to Think About
• How do you think Elijah felt when he believed he was the only true believer in the land?
• Do Christians today ever have to speak up for the truth to people in power?
• How does standing up for the truth show that you trust God?
• Do you ever keep silent when someone is speaking up for the truth, even when you agree with them?
• Does it ever feel better to be part of a big group that is wrong than to be the only person telling the truth? Why is it better to trust God and be alone anyway?
Back to the Story
However, Elijah was not alone at all! Seven thousand people in the land worshiped the true God. (1 Kings 19:18) Apparently Elijah didn’t know about these true believers. Perhaps they stayed silent about their faith out of fear. But they were surely encouraged when Elijah stood firm for the Lord publicly. And Elijah realized that even if there were no other true followers, God would never leave him alone. He even provided Elisha to take over Elijah’s work after he was gone. (I Kings 19:21)