Not long after the Old Testament prophet Elijah called down fire from Heaven upon the evil enemies of God, he found himself running for his life and running FROM HIS LIFE.
How could such a high moment lead to such a low one? What could have happened to cause such a dramatic transition?
After the Prophet Elijah put Queen Jezebel’s pagan high priests to death, she made a vow to take the prophet's life. She sent a messenger to let him know her threat. It is interesting to note that she could have sent a mercenary instead of a messenger. Why not just take his life? Why did she tell him her plans for his destruction instead of just carrying them out?
She could’ve just killed him but instead she sought to devalue and discredit him. Taking his life would’ve made him a martyr. To truly win the spiritual battle she was seeking, she needed to get him to run. It worked.
HE FLED. HE LEFT HIS POST. HE FORFEITED VICTORY. HE FAILED.
Elijah failed to uproot the demonically driven principality which was the authority of Queen Jezebel. His emotional defeat was too much and sent him running for the hills. He kept moving until he found a place to stop and sat under a broom tree. A broom tree, also known as a Juniper tree, offered no shade and cast off very sharp needles. His chosen place of rest wasn’t very restful. It would’ve been more of a punishment than a blessing to lie beneath a broom tree. A bed of stickers beneath him and the sun beating down on his head. Any of us would question the wisdom in that.
But isn’t it true that most us don’t make wise decisions when we are discouraged?
Not unlike Elijah, we are also vulnerable to unwise environments when we are discouraged. Elijah was processing the layers of delay, fear, exhaustion, failure and DISCOURAGEMENT. He had been a faithful servant of God but had fallen to fatigue. There is nothing more discouraging than giving everything you have, doing all you know to do and still feeling the eminent threat of your enemy. We are more susceptible to weariness when we are doing the right things than at any other time.
And let us not grow weary in doing good,
for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart.
~ Galatians 6:9 (New King James Version)
Something to think about: HAVE I ALLOWED PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL FATIGUE MAKE DECISIONS FOR ME?
We lose heart, focus and vision for our future when we are discouraged. Allow this prayer of agreement written by Pastor Kathy Hayes to bring restoration and clarity.
Father, You are my comfort, You are my strength. Release Your empowerment when I feel weary in well-doing. I choose today to focus on Philippians 4:8. I will think on things that are true, pure, noble, lovely and worthy of praise. This one thing I will do - I will look forward. I know that you see me right where I am and You will bring me up and out! I give you thanks for raising me. I declare that my eyes will no longer rest on my circumstances or on my enemy but they are set on You my everlasting, great God! I will focus on the prize of my high calling in Christ Jesus!!
Here’s a great song to remind us today that discouragement won’t last but that HE is EVERLASTING GOD (Fellowship Church).
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