by Beverly Barnett
Wednesday, August 7
How Elijah Became Discouraged
“Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So
let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time,” 1 Kings 19:2.
Emotional highs and lows can happen within a few hours of each other for many leaders; that is why it is so important to keep one’s eyes focused on the task and not the trials. God used Elijah as the spokesperson to prove that God is real and great over the prophets of Baal, and to bring His people back from the idol worship of Baal. Elijah had just experienced and seen firsthand the awesome power of God, but one hateful woman brought him to despair, into running and hiding in the wilderness. We are much like Elijah, victorious one day, and hiding the next.
Despair, defeat, depression are tools of Satan. If he can keep us looking inward at ourselves, then we will not look upward to God at His ability to do what we cannot. How many pastors, leaders, deacons, Sunday School teachers, youth workers, have quit because they looked inward and not upward? Even Jesus said He could do nothing without the leadership of God. “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (John 5:19). If Jesus realized this, we should also realize we can do nothing without God’s power through the Holy Spirit. Do not be like Elijah, do not let a woman or man steal your courage; keep doing what God is leading you to do—follow God.
REFLECTION: Remember this: “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).