Elijah, the Old Testament prophet, was at a point of collapsing. He was exhausted and truly thought his life was coming to a quick end. He had been a zealous prophet for God and yet in 1 Kings we find him tired and pretty pessimistic. He thought he was the last prophet standing, and barely at that. He even cried out to God in verse 14 “I alone am left and they are looking to take my life”.
Ever been pessimistic?
I think we all have at some time or another.
Why does everyone else get to go on vacation and I don’t?
Why is everyone else having children and I’m not?
Why does no one else seem to struggle with finances, but I do?
Why are other people so healthy and I’m always sick?
Why does that person get to retire and I have to keep working?
This weekend I’ve missed our annual women’s retreat due to an illness. A mild illness compared to what others go through! And yet, the pessimistic thoughts want me feeling like I’m the only one missing out. I worked on the committee and put much effort into it. Is God somehow holding out on me? The truth is God can meet me right here and it is not in God’s character to “hold out” on someone. I don’t need to be on a retreat. Pity parties are not of the Lord.
Not long ago my husband had two of his main accounts taken from him at work. They brought in the most business for him and he had worked hard for years to get them to that point.
As I began to pray for new business to open up for him God brought me to Elijah.
Elijah was seven thousand times more pessimistic than he needed to be and our Lord was seven thousand times more powerful than Elijah thought.
This account in the Bible surely makes me optimistic.
You see Elijah thought he was the last prophet alive.
He wasn’t. God tells him that he had 7,000 just like him!
How many pharma companies are out there? Seven thousand? I’m not sure, but I am sure that my God knows them all by name and number and He is able to bring in business for my husband. He can open doors that we truly don’t see.
Am I the only person who has ever missed a retreat? I think not.
Will my overall life be forever marred because I’ve missed this weekend? Again, I think not.
What are you feeling all alone and/or pessimistic about?
Are you the only person on planet earth that won’t take a vacation this year? I’m thinking the answer is “no”.
What area do you think no one else can relate to and it’s just your personal burden to bear?
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Lord, thank you that you see and know beyond what we see and know. Thank you that you are more than able in every area of our lives.
I encourage you today to look to the One who is Higher today.
Look to the One Who is Immeasurably More
1 Kings 19:18
“Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel,
all whose knees have not bowed to Baal,
and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”