Read: 1 King 19:8-18
MEMORISE: Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter. 5:7).
If God helps you to accomplish in particular areas of your life, you are to return all glory to Him and trust Him for other things you want. Believers ought to avoid anxiety. It is like overburdening ourselves unnecessarily. Prophet Elijah found himself in this mess when he tried to overburden himself with the condition of the land of Israel in his own time. He was anxious for God and wanted to carry the burden only God and He alone can carry. On Mount Carmel, God demonstrated His miracle to Israel; the people worshipped the Lord and Elijah slew all the prophets of Baal. He was really impressed when he saw God’s miracle. He was very happy as God manifested His power among the people on the mountain. (1 Kgs 18:37-41).
Few minutes later, the whole situation changed because, things had not worked out the way Elijah wanted it. He was expecting the whole nation of Israel to repent and begin to serve God. He thought that King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, would totally submit their lives for God having seen the miracles, the reverse was the case as Jezebel sought to kill him. (1 Kgs 19:1-4). He felt disappointed and he became defeated. He had to run away for his life. Like Elijah, you create unnecessary burden for yourself when you shift your eyes from God to the situation of life. When your expectation from God is not met, don’t be disappointed, but look back and contemplate on what He has already done for you. Elijah thought that he was the only prophet of God that remained in that land (1 Kgs. 19:14). Later, God replied him that seven thousands prophets had been miraculously reserved for Himself (1 Kgs 19:. God always has a remnant. Knowingly or unknowingly to us, He cannot do but provide situation to challenge our lives. Elijah became so rigid to be convinced, believing that he alone carried the burden. God could not help terminating his ministry by ordering him to anoint Elisha in his place (v.16). May you not end your journey half way. You need to work together with God to fulfil your purpose in life. But never carry the burden yourself.
1. Forgive me, O Lord, wherever I shift my attention from You to myself.
2. I refuse to be victim of the circumstances of my life, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, give our church principal leaders enough grace to take their stands in whatever challenges they experience.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 48:21 – 50:26; Matthew 15:18 – 15:39