Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Extended Strength, 2: Expect Normal

“…’I have had enough love, LORD,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’” Elijah was exhausted. He had grown tired in being “the only one” that stood up for the Name of God. He was tired of doing all that God had asked him to do, but “never” seeing the results that represented success. Elijah was discouraged and had fallen into depression. He began to see himself as a failure. He had completely forgotten all that God had just accomplished through him. All he could see was who he hadn’t impressed or convinced, rather than those that he had. But, Elijah was normal. He was a man who would encounter normal emotions, but would soon see and extended strength from an “anything-but-normal” God.

Expect normal. What does this mean? We don’t have to give into “normal,” but we should certainly expect it. We are going to have moments where we face discouragement and missed expectations, even in serving God. There will be times when we question the point of doing something or whether or not it’s really worth it after all. Go ahead. That’s normal. But, don’t give into the thoughts that come. Look up and receive an extended strength from YOUR “anything-but-normal” God. You’re not alone. You’re not a failure. You’re not the only one left.

Extended Reading Option: Exodus 5:23-6:2

Extended Journal Option: How has God ever responded to you in times where you have given into discouragement? What has He done to show you that He’s still there? How has He shown you or reminded you that He is still God?

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