Elijah slayed all 450 of Baal’s prophets at Mount Carmel and ended a long drought. But when King Ahab’s pagan wife Jezebel threatened to kill him, he fled and hid in the mountains. (1 Kings 18)
He felt like an unworthy failure. Alone among Israel’s prophets. Incapable of pleasing God. But when God saw Elijah hiding in a cave, God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?”
“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” But God was not through with Elijah. God commanded Elijah to seek out and anoint his successor, Elisha. Elijah continued to serve the Lord with Elisha until Elijah was taken up to heaven
God is never through with us. He always has work for us to do. And, like Elijah, God will protect, strengthen and equip us completely for any task He gives us. We may doubt our ability and try to hide. But God will equip us and motivate us to step out in faith to do what He asks and bring us blessing, and Him glory.