Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel. She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets. This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in, tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries. This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy. Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah. Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran. Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.
In this verse, Elijah had just fled from Jezebel and her death threats into the desert. There in his fear and exhaustion, he prayed for the Lord to take his life. When suddenly a message carrier for the Lord appeared…not with some great vision or even an explanation of this predicament Elijah found himself in. Rather, the angel simply told him to eat, drink, and then sleep. Over the course of my 36 year Nursing career I’ve seen it happen way too many times…a patient is either critically ill or dying, but it’s the spouse’s or caregiver’s health that deteriorates. When we’re in crisis, we forget to do the ordinary things. We forget to get adequate nutrition…we don’t think to drink water…we don’t get enough rest. And the result is a caregiver with downward spiraling health. Care for the caregiver has become a focus for the Health Care Community, and something I advocated for wherever I worked. So if you find yourself a caregiver, please remember to treat yourself kindly, take time for yourself, and do the ordinary things. For you’ll be of no help to your loved one if you’re in the hospital.