Don’t Give Up! Wait for His Whisper Over Your Life!
May 31, 2019
Thinking that you should be able to handle everything that comes your way will set you up for bewilderment and shame. This mindset could drive you away from God instead of into His arms.
Knowing that Elijah needed help because he had nothing left in him, God sent an angel to attend him. The angel even said, "...Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you" (1 Kings 19:7). Heaven was acknowledging that it was beyond Elijah’s ability to handle it on his own. With provision from God in his time of despair, Elijah was able to travel forty more days and nights! Again, he reached the end of his capacity. Still fleeing a threat on his life, Elijah took shelter, hiding in a cave.
There is a point where our faith does hit the wall of our human condition. There IS a limit to our physical, mental and emotional capacity. When you break down and have nothing more to give, it is NOT a failure of your faith! It is what makes you dependent on God.
Hebrews 4:15-16 is clear: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
God is not upset that you can’t handle your difficult situation on your own. You were never meant to because it is through Christ that you can do all things. His concern for you and your situation is great, so great that the Father sent His only Son to Earth so He could empathize with us. He then allowed His Son to be tortured and murdered as He hung on a Cross. He did this all for us.
When we get to that point of retreat, delirium and exhaustion, God will show up for us and call us out of our cave, just like He did for Elijah.
It won’t always be a neat and tidy transition. God called Elijah, who was already “AT CAPACITY,” right out onto a cliff with a wind, an earthquake, and a fire! The Scripture says that the Lord wasn't in any of it (1 Kings 19:11-12). But then, God showed up in a gentle whisper. He gave Elijah clear direction, instruction, and a plan for the coming season. This included help in the form of an ordained connection with his future successor Elisha.
Don’t give up before you hear God’s whisper over your life!
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