“And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
God warned the Israelites when delivering His commandments to them through Moses, never to have any other gods besides Him because He is a jealous God.
The children of Israel who were supposed to follow the commandments of God deviated and were serving idols.
Prophet Elijah tried all he could to ensure they return back to serve the true living God. He even went as far as making a contest between himself and the 450 false prophets to prove the existence of the true God on mount carmel.
Of course God proved Himself by sending down fire that burnt off the drenched woods; thereby making Elijah to slew all the false prophets.
This however did not go well with Jezebel who sent to Elijah he too will be killed the same way the following day.
(Pls read 1kings 18:19-40)
With the threat from Jezebel, Elijah flee into the wilderness where God was asking him why he was there; because he felt lonely and depressed.
He began to give God excuses and reasons why he felt he had tried enough to reconcile the people back to God with no good results to show for it.
He even had to tell God he was the ONLY ONE left faithful to God. He wrongly assumed he was the only ONE faithful.
But God instructed him right there to anoint his successor and even assured him he had 7,000 people who had not compromised their faith.
Unknown to Elijah also, a hundred prophets were already preserved by Obadiah (1Kings18:4)
A major lesson here is that, whenever we are privileged to be used by God, we shouldn’t think we are indispensable no matter how anointed we may be. We shouldn’t see ourselves as being the most pious or righteous.
The moment you begin to feel no one else can fit in to perform great tasks God had assigned you for, remember that there are other ‘7,000 people’ from which He can substitute you with.
No one is indispensable before God!