Let the prophet Elijah be an example for us
The case of prophet Elijah is pretty impressive. At some moment, it seemed as if the prophet had lost heart, as if he had run out of courage, as his work appeared to have failed. God allowed for things to happen in such a way that the prophet’s whole weakness showed.
There is always danger that man may take liberties or put on airs. That’s why God allows for man to be stripped off of the divine power and remain a plain man. So, whether he likes it or not, he realizes human weakness.
When we feel very weak –and things indicate that God allows it that we feel so– it’s useful to go through the experience. We shouldn’t be scared. We aren’t being rejected by God. He is preparing bigger blessings for us. We should humble ourselves and turn to Christ through prayer.
Let the prophet be an example for us, who became worthy to see God after all, just like Moses who saw the back of God on Mount Sinai.
Transcribed talks by Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos
From: Holy Hesychasterion “The Nativity of Theotokos” Publications