As a guiding motif in his ministry, John Calvin considered himself in the similar fashion of an Old Testament prophet, a God’s mouthpiece. So it really comes as no surprise that Calvin had an Elijah moment (1 Kings 19:4). For Elijah it was Ahab and Jezebel, while for Calvin it was the people of Geneva who “appealed to Christ but wanted to govern without him.”
“Today I urgently prayed and begged God at least twenty times that he might let me die.”
Neither Old Testament Elijah (1 Kings 19:9ff), nor 16th century Calvin had their wish granted–for God had other plans for both.