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I'm Done! - First Kings 19:3-5
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Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. -  First Kings 19: 3 - 5 

 

When people are experiencing challenges in life, in the workplace, in marriage, relationships or even in ministry, How many times have we heard them say, "I'm done!"  It's a common response of feeling overwhelmed or simply burned out or angry. Sometimes, it's a way to withdraw from our commitment and make sure that everyone else hears andoned understands. Remember our words have power to impact our environment.

 

But is it always the best response?

 

It's how the Prophet Elijah responded after victory on Mt. Carmel only to find himself in deeper trouble with King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Elijah declared to the Lord, "I've had enough!" So when you feel exhausted and ready to quit, remember that you are not alone.

 

Consider God's commitment to you. God has never quit on you. Even when you gave God more than a few good reasons to turn away from you, God chose instead to reach for you and to be faithful in his love and mercy towards you. What if God said He was done with you! 

 

We should'nt be so quick to bail out on other people because of their shortcomings or our frustrations. We should not be excited to announce to world that we have quit on God and people who are fallible, vunerable, weak or depend on our ministry. Instead of declaring , "I'm done!", we should consider the assignment and God's annointing. Are we doing what God has called us to do? Is it about God or about us? Can we serve without being seen? Can we sow good seeds without seeing the harvest?

 

Elijah learns that he needs rest. But he also learns that he needs to refocus. God has plenty of people who still love him and are committed to His mission.

 

What lesson might God be teaching you in response to your "I'm done!" statement?

 

 


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