Dryness through Duty
INTRODUCTION: "Of the 37 years that my wife and I have been married, the three most difficult years in our marriage were those during which I set aside my calling as an itinerant evangelist and, at the request of my denominational leadership, took up a seminary professorship as my principle contribution to the work for the church. Going against my inner calling was difficult, and in the end I realized that when one is outside the will of God, one's other commitments can also be put at risk and one's most important relationships can become dry and lifeless. To be in the place where God wants you is indispensable to enjoying the blessings God offers."
Has Christianity Failed You? - Ravi Zacharias
Is it possible to allow the "work of God around you to kill the work of God within you?"
In 1 Kings 17 & 18 Elijah knew his share of great victories, however, in Chapter 19 he finds himself deep in the desert (wilderness).
So what happened?
Why is Elijah not celebrating his successes?
If Elijah can lose it, what does that say to lesser men and women?
It was a perfect storm. Three and a half years of intense ministry. Elijah went from a mountain top experience to a desert of discouragement. Daniel Darling, The Superhero Mentality, said, "It's the mistaken idea that activity for God is a worthy substitute for intimacy with God. Along the way, we begin to assume responsibility for results and act as if normal human weaknesses don't apply to Christians."
And so God allows us who think we're super-humans to come to the end of our abilities. Then He is there to receive with grace another burned-out prophet.
The Lord had to check Elijah into the "shade-tree hotel." In 1 Kings 19:5 Elijah slept. An angel touched him and gave him a meal and then back to sleep. The angel came again and fed him, v.6-7. Later, the Lord took him to Horeb, the mountain of God, and it was here that he experienced the strong wind, the e ...
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