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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…He prayed that he might die’ 1 Kings 19:4 NKJV

Sometimes after ‘giving it your all’, you can end up totally drained. Look at Elijah. God used him on Mt. Carmel to call down fire from Heaven on the prophets of Baal. Yet he fell apart under Jezebel’s threats. Fleeing for his life, he ‘…sat down under a broom tree… and said, "It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life…"’ The moment his focus changed from God to the enemy, he became overwhelmed. So God spoke to him again. This time it wasn’t in a spectacular display. Instead, He spoke in a ‘…still small voice’ (1 Kings 19:12 NKJV), drawing him aside to rest and spend time with God. The next time the nation saw Elijah he was spiritually on top again. So answer this: has your focus shifted from God to all the ‘stuff you have to do’? If so, you need time out, time alone with God. When He calls you aside to rest, do it! Vic Pentz says, ‘Nothing fails quite so totally, as success without God.’ The two-fold danger in the aftermath of any success is: First, spending too much time listening to the accolades of others. Secondly, presuming you have what it takes to succeed on your own. As a result you disconnect from God, who is the source of your strength. David said, ‘…The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ (Psalm 27:1). Fearlessness is foolishness, unless it’s based on faith in God. And one more thought: God sent Elisha to assist Elijah, and He can send the right person to help you too. He knows what to do to get you moving again.

SoulFood: 2 Chron 29-31, Luke 21:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Pr 20:11-14

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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