Let God Reframe Your Anxious Thoughts

By Rick Bayer, September 25, 2022

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1

After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” 1 Kings 18:1

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 1 Kings 18:16-18

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:21

2 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.”

3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:2-4

“Beware of human reactions after holy exertions.” -Ancient church fathers.

But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9b

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:13b

Ways we can act like Elijah

1. We to the ground

2. We out

3. We focus on the

4. We

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5b NIV

You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you frame it.

Questions for Discipleship group and/or personal study:


  • When you have a spiritual letdown, what helps you recover?

Go to the Source:

  • Read 1 Kings 19:7-9. What do you think God is getting at with Elijah by asking that soul question?
  • Read 1 Kings 19:10. What are some of the absolutes Elijah uses here? Why do you think he’s come to that place of despondency?
  • Read 1 Kings 19:11-13. What do you think is the purpose of these powerful visual object lessons for Elijah? If God were to show up and whisper to you, what question would He perhaps ask you?

Live it out:

  • God reframed Elijah’s anxious thoughts. What is one mind map that you continually think, that you need to reframe by bringing it into God’s light? Examples: fear of rejection, productivity equals worth, people should always love you, people would not like you if they knew the real you, you will always fail, you don’t deserve to be happy, etc.)