Key verse:“Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time” (1 Kings 19:2)
During one of the many reformation battles, a young soldier found himself and his army being soundly defeated by the enemy. He and his comrades hastily retreated from the battlefield in defeat, running away in fear of their very lives. Knowing that the enemy was close behind and that he was exhausted from the chase, he chose to hide in the cleft of a rock. As the enemy cautiously moved forward to enter the cave, he came upon the spider’s web, which was completely strung across the opening. He backed away and called out to a comrade “There can’t be anyone in here. They would have had to break the spider’s web to enter the cave”. So they left. The young soldier inside the cave pondered this irony saying “I asked God for protection and deliverance, and He sent me a spider to weave its web at the entrance of the cave”.
Similarly, Elijah, upon receiving the threat from Jezebel became so afraid that he escaped into the wilderness. Elijah changed his direction, hoping the change will settle the confusion in his heart. Fear robbed him of his joy, made him run from things that were not after him. Fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they are afraid to venture out. Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God plans for you to be. Fear cripples faith and weakens our prayer life.
Faith can re-write our future. God always holds something for the man who keeps his faith in Him. Let God have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you. Faith is a more powerful force that creates positive circumstances. Faith sees the invisible, believes the impossible, and receives the incredible. Fear sees the obstacle but faith sees the way. The world will always give you the opportunity to quit but Winston Churchill has this to tell us “Never, never, never, give up!”
Thought for the day: Your life will shrink or expand in proportion to your faith.