“And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria” (1 Kings 19:15).TEXT — 1 Kings 19:9-21
There are times we think we have come to our wits’ end and so cannot go further. Sometimes, this may be due to the numerous challenges that life and ministerial demands throw at us. Sometimes, we feel we are alone in our troubles; this thought and feeling of loneliness may want to snuff life out of us. Many have gone ahead to abort and abandon God’s plans for them prematurely and feel they made a mistake in the first place to have chosen the path of ministry.
Elijah faced a similar situation. Discouragement and frustration made him to run away to hide when the wicked Jezebel threatened to take his life. After he was queried by the Lord, he voiced out complaints of discouragement, frustration, loneliness and threat to his life. To him, all was over. Instead of God responding to his many complaints and accepting his resignation, God reassigned him. He was not done yet. There were still duties for him to accomplish. God ordered him back to finish his ministry.
You must not give in to discouragement no matter how hard and frustrating life may be. When you think that the end has come for you and that there is no more reason to continue to live, God will prove to you that He still has more for you. Do not also think that you are alone in your sufferings. His omnipresence and the host of heaven are with you. Even though you may not see them at the moment, know that you are not alone.
You need to listen to the still, small and reassuring voice of God to do what He bids you. You cannot quit when you still have much to do. Arise and finish your assignment.
Thought for the day
You cannot quit when the Lord still has more for you!
- in one year
- 1 SAMUEL 1 – 2