Elijah Finds Peace in God

Based on 1 Kings 19:1-18

Because of what Elijah had done, the king’s wife threatened to kill him. Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went alone into the wilderness and finally came to a tree where he sat down and prayed to God, asking him to die. “I have had enough, God.” Then he lay down and went to sleep. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside him was some bread and some water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.

When he finally woke up, he traveled for days further into the wilderness and stopped in a cave. God said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served you, but Abraham’s descendants have broken their relationship with you by disobeying you and killed every one of your spokesmen. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” God told him. And as Elijah stood there, God passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Most High God was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Most High God was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Most High God was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his clothes and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And God’s voice asked again, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah answered again, “I have zealously served you. But Abraham’s descendants have broken their relationship with you, and killed every one of your spokesmen. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

So, God told Elijah to go on back. He told him that he was not alone, but there were 7000 others who had not bowed to other gods. Then God gave Elijah more work to do and later gave him a special helper to go with him.

Drawing Elements: Elijah (heart), Path, Tree, Wilderness (leaf ), Cave, Mountain, Windstorm, Earthquake, Fire, Gentle whisper

Path (on wrist) – Shows Elijah’s flight and then further journey into the wilderness Path (on thumbs) – Represents God’s command to return and finish the work God had for him

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