The prophet Elijah called for fire to come down from heaven.
He challenged hundreds of prophets who served the devil by putting his own life at risk.
He knew that if there was no fire he would be annihilated, but what gave him such conviction that God would answer and send fire down from heaven?
Simple. Elijah was not thinking about himself.
The reason he decided to do this challenge was because he saw that the PEOPLE were divided.
The people were lost. Those souls were being deceived and someone needed to do something to help them.
How could God not answer a man that was putting his own life at risk for the people?
But right after, we see the same Elijah, the man who called for fire to fall from the sky, flee from Jezebel.
Why is this?
Why wasn’t the prophet, who put his own life at risk in front of hundreds of men, willing to do the same in front of this woman?
He had already proved to those people that the God of Israel was the True God.
The people now had an opportunity to decide who to serve – Elijah had done his part.
Now he was thinking about himself. This is why he ran.
And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 1 Kings 19.3
As long as the pastor lives his life worrying about the well-being of his flock, the fire will always come down from heaven.