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Deception and Fear

Read 1 Kings 19:1 through 20:43

Scotophobia is the fear of darkness. Anthophobia is the fear of flowers. There’s even a fear of fear, it’s called phobophobia. Fear can be a tyrant.

The prophet Elijah experienced fear firsthand after enjoying a mighty victory for the God of Israel. He successfully stood up to the prophets of Baal, overtaking them and demonstrating the power of the one true God. But right after Elijah’s great victory, he faced fear and discouragement.

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 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 19:1–2).

Discouragement and fear caused Elijah to focus on his opponent and not the steadfast word of God. Victories must be remembered because they help Christians stand strong in the face of other trials. Rejoice in the Lord, and always remember the bounty of His benefits. And remember what God has already done.

Thought for Today: God is more trustworthy then our deepest fears.

Quicklook: 1 Kings 19:1–12


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