Thursday, January 17, 2019

From the Heart: The Elijah Complex

Read 1 Kings 19:1-8

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab the king had sworn that she would have him killed by this time tomorrow. Elijah knew that this was not an empty threat and he was surely in danger. So he ran to Beersheba in Judah where he left his servant. Then he went a day’s journey into the desert. There he came to a juniper tree and he sat down under it and he prayed that he might die. He said, “I have had enough, Lord, take my life.”

I read not long ago about a concert that was in full swing. The conductor was waving his baton with great enthusiasm when suddenly one of his band members gets up and approaches him. It’s the man who plays the triangle. He whispers to the conductor, “Do you mind sir, if I go home? I’ve come to the end of my part.”

That’s ridiculous, isn’t it! He is a member of the orchestra and he is expected to stay through the entire concert. His presence alone adds a touch that is needed for the orchestra to look complete. It would disturb and disrupt the others if some were to leave the moment they had finished their part.

It’s not uncommon for some elderly people to feel like that triangle player. They feel they have fulfilled their purpose. Like Elijah, they simply give up and wish that God would come on and take them home to heaven. Yet, whether they realize it or not, they are still a significant part of the “orchestra of life” by just being there. Many Christians have been encouraged by the patience, wisdom, and intercession of older people who love the Lord. Only eternity will reveal the full impact of their spiritual contribution. These servants of the Lord still have much to accomplish for the glory of God. Rest assured, they are important, or He would not leave them here on earth.

My dear friends, if you feel your work on earth is done, don’t succumb to the Elijah complex of self-pity and wanting to give up. Just remember the influence you have on others. You are still making an impact. The day will come soon enough, that we will all be called home to Heaven. Until that time comes we should not be counting our years but simply making our years count.


Our most gracious and loving Heavenly Father, I do humbly come to you this day admitting that there have been times that I have felt like Elijah, just wanting to give up and go home but I realize that your wisdom is far greater than mine and only you should decide when it is time. Thank you Father for your continued love and patience and for your great blessing of life. And thank you Father for the bible, your inspired words. That we might read and find comfort and encouragement, knowing that You are in control of all things. Bless us all Father with your peace and understanding and the joy of life.

In Jesus Holy Name, Amen!

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