While he himself [Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. -1 Kings 19:4 NIV
Have you ever felt like Elijah, that you were at the end of your rope and have said, “I’m done. I’ve had enough. I don’t want to play this game anymore?” Often times it’s when, like Elijah, you’ve isolated yourself so there’s no one there to encourage you, let you know they’re praying for you, or offer you a hand up. One, by himself, is very vulnerable. One is not able to warm himself, pull himself out of a deep ditch, carry himself if he is injured, or defend himself very well if under attack, (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). For accountability, love, comfort, and encouragement, God made both man and woman, Jesus sent his disciples out in twos, and you are called to be one of the many parts of one body, (Genesis 2:21-23; Mark 6:7; 1 Corinthians 12).
The devil loves to isolate you, but God has called you to be joined with other believers. If you’ve found yourself walking through life alone, don’t worry, help is close at hand: phone a friend, join a small group, seek out the love of the Lord and His kids. Your friends and church family are just waiting for the opportunity to love on you. Don’t wander the desert alone, waiting to die. Find someone to go through this valley, and on to victory, with you.
Heather Potts, http://heather-potts.blogspot.com/
- Thank God for your friends who have helped you carry your burdens.
- Ask God to show you who might be isolated that you can encourage.