1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone broom or juniper tree and asked that he might die. He said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.
If there’s a common theme in this blog, it may well be that we all go through trials of life and it is our perspective that determines our outcome. The way we see our trials and how we confront them let’s us know whether or not we are capable of overcoming. Sometimes it’s easy to be positive and other times its not so easy. Sometimes we can be much braver when confronting a big situation and crumple under the little situations . It’s not that we can’t handle the small trials but we have spent all our energy fighting off our Goliath. Now here comes our Saul…a man not nearly as tall as Goliath or as strong. When a little situation comes on the heels of a big situation, we can get a little discouraged. After exerting so much energy on conquering the big thing, here comes the little one knocking us out. We can’t get up long enough to enjoy a victory. We don’t have time to testify before something else comes to destroy us. How do we deal with this? We’ve put all we have in fighting our giant, we should be able overcome man right? David struggled with Saul after defeating Goliath, Elijah struggled with Jezebel after calling fire down from heaven. Elijah wanted to quit. He was done with it…the people of Israel had turned their back on God, Elijah felt alone and now his life was threatened…he simply had had it. Great men of God who have been more than conquerors find themselves bombarded by minute situations that have been strategically placed in their lives at the time they are most vulnerable. And little by little it eats at our confidence and destroys our hopes. It can take us to the place where we just can’t take it anymore, we just want to die. These small situations show up at times when we feel alone, when there’s no one to run to, no one to understand exactly what we are feeling. We are exhausted and empty and often misunderstood by our peers..if it was any other time we could’ve easily defeated it, but because our strength is weak, the situation is now defeating us. Elijah went as far as to asking God to take his life…he told God this was enough. Today you might be facing a situation in which you see no way out. Your outcome might look bleak and even though this particular situation may be small, it’s enormous to you because you just don’t have the strength to pull yourself through. After such a monumental victory for Elijah..a threat from Jezebel forced him to go eighty miles to Beersheba to escape her. God never promised a life without problems and He never promised it will be easy, but what God does is provide an inner equilibrium that will allow us to stand under our temptations. Don’t run like Elijah from your trouble, don’t try to evade it, rather hold it in your hands stare at it and figure out how you can turn this liability into an asset. I’ve been there, where I would rather die than face another situation, I’ve been there at 3am when no one is around and sleep escapes me, I’ve been there where folks have told me to buckle up and stop being so weak and I tell them they don’t understand what I’m going through. I’ve been there where the tears won’t stop flowing and my heart keeps breaking, my exterior is smiling but my inner man is bruised and broken. I know what it feels like to not be loved or accepted, or be popular. I know what is to quickly forget what God has done for you because you’re so overwhelmed with what you’re going through. I know what it feels like. God went to the cave to speak to Elijah at the lowest point of His life. God knows where you are, He knows how you feel and right now He’s at your cave asking you, “what are you doing here?” Don’t be discouraged my friend, your situation may look big and it may seem insurmountable, but today Jehovah God is telling you in your weakness, His strength is perfect. You’re not alone, when there’s no one to call at 3am, call Him…when you can’t seem to go further, call Him and when you’re ready to give up and give in…Call Him. I’m praying for you friends…may God richly bless you and strengthen you to overcome.