This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
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[1Ki 19:4 NIV] 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.”
Endurance athletes often describe that moment when their mind and body collide over whether it is possible to finish the race. How do you push forward when everything inside is telling us to stop?
Elijah didn’t descend into this pit of discouragement because he was disobedient but as a result of his obedience. We see that God’s greatest servants are not immune to the emotional and physical fatigue of life. Elijah hits the “wall” running the race God had given him. He was running for God not from God when the attack came. Let’s look at a few warning signs we can see from Elijah’s journey that led to his despair.
He was afraid (3) he was alone (4) he was exhausted (5) he was discouraged (4 & 10) All of these things can lead to a dangerous combination for God’s children. I want you to notice two things the Lord did for Elijah to help him through the darkness.
First, God met his physical need. Food and rest. God knew Elijah was exhausted and rather than rebuke Elijah He had him eat and sleep. Secondly, God meets His spiritual need. God spoke to Elijah. He was not in the wind, the fire, or the earthquake but that still small voice (12). When God spoke to Elijah he reminded Elijah of the next step (15-17) and that he was not alone (18)
Maybe you have hit a wall in this emotional marathon. Maybe you are ready to give up. Remember hitting the wall means you have been “running the race.” Let God minister to you today. Find a place of rest, find a place where you can hear His still small voice. Let Him remind you that you are not alone, and He will show you the next step.