Elijah was used mightly by the Lord to break the idols of Israel and turn them back to their King. However, he still went through times of discouragement, doubt, and fear. Below is a note I found on 1 Kings 19:4 where Elijah prays “I have had enough, Lord. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
Gosh. What a dark place that I can definitely empathize with. But here are some good words to remember when we’re feeling discouraged:
Discouragement is a lack of courage and confidence in a situation. Four area’s that cause discouragement: Fatigue, Frustration, Failure, Fear. If you stay in fear, you will not be able to change things. When we learn to celebrate other people’s victories, we will start to see victories in our own lives. To fight discouragement, we have to rest our body, reorganize your life, remember God will help you, resist discouragement. Discouragement doesn’t always mean that you’re doing the wrong thing but maybe the right thing at the wrong time.
The Lord heard Elijah’s prayer and sent an angel to cook him bread and give him water. I know in my own world Jesus is not surprised when I am discouraged, but instead of staying there He beckons me to call on His name…
…or as it’s said in psalm 94:19, “when i said, ‘my foot is slipping,’ Your love, O Lord, supported me. when anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
…and so “therefore we do not lose heart. even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 cor. 4:16)
Don’t lose heart friend. Our hope is secure. He is faithful. He is faithful. He is faithful.