Desire for Escape. "And when he saw the treat from Jezebel) he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah" ( v.3). Elijah fled 100 miles to the southern desert. But the grass wasn't any greener on the other side. Every day, countless people try to escape the difficulties of life with alcohol, drugs, pleasure, etc. Yet no one escapes problems by running away from them.
Desire for Solitude. "Elijah left his servant there" ( v. 3). Loneliness breeds loneliness. Wanting greater solitude, Elijah left his servant and went on alone. Sometimes people who need companionship and friends during rough times push them away in an effort to be by themselves. I disconnected from my prayer partners during the most vulnerable season of my life. I felt that God was the only one who understood what I was going through. I believed that if He couldn't help me, no one could. I took solace in knowing that even if I wasn't praying with them everyday, the covenant that we had build through prayer would compel them to continue to lift my name before the Lord,
Desire for Death. "And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life" " (v. 4). Think about that a minute.. here was the great prophet of God, a man who was just like us but who had stood his ground in some amazing battles, yet now he was ready to check out of this life and its struggles. Sometimes, under stress, death looks like the only way out. Notice that this is Elijah's fifth recorded prayer. he prayed, and...
- rain stopped
- a son returned to life,
- fire fell from heaven, and
- rain returned after 3 1/2 years iof drought.
I can vaguely remember thinking on several ocassions that maybe life would be better off with out me. I would be driving along the Mass Pike returning from my hometown, and a thought would come into my mind to just run off the road and let the car go over a ramp and fall to bottom. However, I usually collected my thoughts and allowed the Holy Spirit to intervene pass my despair. Perhaps there was a song on that spoke life and breath into my sense of hopelessness. In spite of a few fleeting suicidal thoughts, I am here today by the grace of God, having a sense of purpose for the things that I have endured during the last three years.
Desert of Self-Pity. "For I am no better than my fathers!" ( 4.). Do you hear, this man like us? Few things are more tragic than someone filled with self-pity. Elijah felt:
- Everyone else is at fault.
- I am the victim.
- Life is unfair to me
- I never get ahead.
- I never get a break.
In part 3 I will discuss the remedy for despair. I hope that you will stay tuned and connect with the Prophet Elijah's issues, because they are quite similar to what you and I experience in our own lives. But, in all these things, we are more than conquerors!
Relax and enjoy this beautiful day. I hope you caught my broadcast today on WKND1480 am at noon. My guest was my BFF, Dr. Angela Massey.
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers for the people up in Boston.