6th August 2020

When You’ve Had Enough

“And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”
1 Kings 19:11- (NLT)

When God spoke to Elijah on mount Horeb, He could have done so in the wind, earthquake, or fire. But He didn’t, He spoke with a gentle whisper (verse 13). God asked, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” as he hid from Jezebel who had threatened to kill him. Elijah’s reply revealed that God already knew the depth of his fear and discouragement. Elijah replied he had been most zealous when others had forsaken God and wondered ‘what do I get for being the only one standing up for him?’ (verse 14). Was Elijah really the only one serving God? No. God had seven thousand in Israel whose knees had not bowed to Baal (verse 18). There may be times in the depths of fear or despair when we too may think we’re the only one serving God. That may even happen right after the height of a success, as in the case of Elijah. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The sooner we focus on Him and His power, the quicker we will see relief from our fear and despair.

What caused Elijah to say that he had enough? Earlier Elijah showed no signs of despair and discouragement. Elijah handled the powerful king Ahab without any problem, he confounded and routed the four hundred prophets of Baal with ease, and fearlessly challenged an apostate nation in the name of the Lord. No sign of breakdown, no hint of impending emotional collapse, but collapse he did. It was Jezebel, a formidable woman with ferocious habits and far-reaching influence, threatening him that proved to be the last straw for Elijah. When Elijah said in verse 4 “I’ve had enough!” he was ready to learn that God is enough. When he thought that, “I can’t!” He discovered that God can. So Elijah’s despair and discouragement was not all bad. This same lesson that Elijah learned also applies to God’s people today when times of despair and discouragement come upon them. James 5:17-18 reminds us that “Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain fall, none fell for the next three years! Then when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” We see that Elijah was as human as we are, the same despair and discouragement that came upon Elijah can also befall any one of God’s people. God is still on His throne—let’s turn to Him in such times.

Almighty God, we are told to cast all our burdens on you because you care for us, and in times of despair or discouragement, grant that we will not lose sight of our purpose and calling. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Dennis Payne


About the Author:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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