I Can’t Take Anymore
I’ve Had Enough
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-9
Key Verses: 1 Kings 19:3-4
Elijah was afraid 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 desert. He came to a broom tree, 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.”
This week’s godly man is Elijah, a prophet of God in the Old Testament. God had used him in miraculous ways. By God’s strength in Elijah he defeated 450 false prophets. To come to our scripture for today and hear Elijah’s words of discouragement is a little surprising. But, once again, it reminds us that godly people are still vulnerable to believing the thoughts and lies of the evil one.
Elijah had received a death threat from Queen Jezebel. She didn’t like the way Elijah made her look bad when he defeated all those false prophets. (These false prophets had sold out to the Queen and no longer served the true and living God.) After the mighty victory Elijah had just experienced, I would have expected him to stand his ground against this next challenge. It’s obvious to me that the devil didn’t give up on his attacks on Elijah. The evil one planted negative thoughts and fears in Elijah’s mind. The devil loves to make any challenge look like an insurmountable wall against us! Elijah caved and believed the lie: “I can’t take anymore!”
The truth is: God would never give Elijah, or any other child of His, more than they can stand. Elijah could take more; God’s strength had not been tapped out! God would have protected him from this newest threat. Like the 450 false prophets, Jezebel had no chance of defeating this man of God.
If you catch yourself saying: “I can’t take anymore,” be sure to refute the lie of the devil. God is on your side!
Father, it is so comforting to realize nothing comes my way except by your permission. Thanks for protecting me from the evil one. In Jesus’ name, amen.