Going through a season of hard times energizes some people, but paralyzes others. Look at David. Everything he touched turned to gold: Samuel anointed him to be king; he defeated Goliath; Saul chose him as a musician and warrior; the army loved him and wrote songs about him. The women absolutely adored him and wrote songs about him too. But then the bottom fell out and all hell broke loose over his life! His life literally fell apart. he lost his job and his marriage fell apart.Samuel his old friend and mentor died. His best friend Jonathan couldn't help him or save him from his demented father, King Saul. Saul's army hunted and hounded him down until he had to hide in a cave.
At some point we all do time in a cave. I know I did! And the Bible says that Elijah spent time there too. It was right after his tremendous showdown on Mt. Carmel with Jezebel's 450 Prophets of Baal. You would think that such a huge victory, his confidence level would have been so high, that he would have told all the enemies of God to, "Bring it on, I got something for you." But that was not the case. Elijah fled for his life after Jezebel threatened to kill him and put a contract out for his life.
Loneliness, fear, death, sickness, disabilities, anger, un-forgiveness, all types of abuse sexual and chemical, will drive you to your cave.It can be a place of hopelessness, but yet comfort. Our own self-inflicted attitudes and words can paralyze us to the point that we want to give up on God, family, people,our calling, and destiny.
The cave experience will teach you important things about yourself that you cannot learn anywhere else. It's where God does some of His best work in molding you and me into the likeness of Christ. It's where your worse inadequacies are pointed out by the Holy Spirit and there is confirmation that you are out of your depth, or out of your mind; you've missed the mark; you're relying too much on the arm of the flesh to save, help and deliver you and not on the power of God.
In the cave is where God sends His power to flow through your weakness. when David prayed, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living, "He'd no way of knowing there was a crown in his future, or that he wasn't going to die in hiding. For all he knew, this cave he was in right now might be as good as it gets. When you are in a situation you can't fix, can't change and can't escape, trust God! Trust God! Trust God!
As long as your sense of security is tied solely to your success, It will always be fragile. But when you know that God is with you even at your lowest point, you can handle the cave experience and come out stronger.
Have a beautiful day and: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."