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You may state that God has treated you unfair and because of your sorrow, grief and experiences you may think that God has erred and owns you an apology. Perhaps you are weary due to the woes of life and your own weakness and are at the door of Doubting Castle and the Giant Despair has beaten you and you have forgotten the promise key (Pilgrims Progress).
Yet, mightier saints than you have also been there and these events are recorded in the Holy Writ for our learning (Romans 15:4).
1Ki 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.
Here above the mighty saint has given up notwithstanding the past victory of facing the enemies of God. The false prophets of Baal and Ahab he had overcome, yet here he sits under a juniper tree in the grasp of the Giant Despair. Some say it was because Jezebel sought his life and he feared and ran to save it. But here he sits asking the Lord to take his life away. Does it make any sense for one who runs to save his life wanting the Lord to take it? I think not!
Num 11:15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
Moses, who stood before Pharaoh, parted the Red Sea and was given the law and the tablets, endured the murmuring many, many times, here despairs of life. Was he not under pressures, temptations, woes and desperation before? He most surely *was. But here enough is enough and he prays as other faithful saints "KILL ME".
How could a man such as Moses come to wanting God to pull the plug?
Jon 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for [it is] better for me to die than to live.
Here our man sits in spite of being cast in a stormy sea, being bait for a whale and spewed out as whale vomit on dry land asking for death. You would think that by now that this former fish food would have changed his attitude and see things God’s way and want to live. But this is not so.
Jon 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, [even] unto death.
But what does this mean to us. All the above is the breaking points of these different saints of God. THE KEY IS THEY ARE DIFFERENT!
Perhaps, I will miss the mark. Yet, let us briefly study them one by one and look upon the man himself.
The key is not his fear of Jezebel as some suppose, but his humble statement afterwards.O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.
He had failed and he knew it. You may by God's grace be saved and have overcome the blasphemy, rebellion and other qualities of your kindred, but pilgrim guess what, there is nothing good in you and in your own strength " you are no better than your fathers".John 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
Elijah did not fear death or else he would not have asked The Lord for it. * ‘Tis a strange thing how we can overcome and * face the flesh, world and the devil many times and still stand. Yet sooner or later we fail and have to agree with Brother Elijah that we are no better than our fathers were.
But is mandatory that we recognize our fragility sothat no flesh should glory in his presence.
Perhaps, the main stumbling block was thatElijah thought he was unique when he declared 1Ki 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away (1 Kings 19:10).
Our Lord had to reveal to Elijah that he was not alone and neither are you.
Yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. (1Ki 19:18)
You may think because of your surroundings, family and even Christians you know that they have bowed before * "Baal" and you are the only one faithful (according to Writ that is ignorant self deception).
Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
God has never been without a remnant and a faithful few.
If he can not use you he will just use another. His love is special and he may call you my name but you are not his only servant. While you maybe moulded differently you are just clay no different than your fathers. Only the POTTER is unique and he knows how many vessels of service he has and you do not. And only the only wise Potentate knows the hearts of all his vessels. And he knows what will mar the vessel (Rom 9:21 11Tim 2:21).
2Ch 6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
Psa 139:2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Just knowing that there are others should in itself strengthen us, but we have a tendency to believe we are alone.
Psa 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days [as] an handbreadth; and mine age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state [is] altogether vanity. Selah.
You are not alone
Unlike Elijah, Moses was going it alone and bearing the burden. The demands of the unfaithful can weary the faithful (Hebrews 3:5). No man can go it alone. Adam was given a help meet. And our Lord sent out the Disciples two by two.
Rom 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Only God Almighty can and has gone it alone. We need him, we are not that strong and except in extreme cases we need others to help us bare the load.Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Ecc 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him [that is] alone when he falleth; for[he hath] not another to help him up.
The load may be the work of the ministry, grief, or the pressures of life. Self-induced solitary confinement will wear you out and you will either crumble or backslide. The Church is a living organism composed of many members. These members help to strengthen one another.
Ecc 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Moses although faithful finally cried out for help.
I am not able to bear all this people alone, because [it is] too heavy for me. (Num 11:14)
God in his mercy and wisdom gave Moses a seventy-fold cord to lighten the load (Num 11:16).
And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which [is] upon thee, and will put [it] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear [it] not thyself alone. (Num 11:17)
Do not go it alone!
It can be said that Elijah thought he was alone, Moses was alone and Jonah wanted to be left alone.
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. (Jon 1:3)
Jonah was not exactly in love with the wicked people of Nineveh the notorious wicked Robber City and enemies of his people.
So he took flight from the Lord and wanted to be left alone.
Have you ever been there? That can not be done.
God will prepare things along your path of flight to bring you back.
While it may not be a fish to shallow you up, there will be no comfort and a strong vehement east wind will beat down on you.
You see here fellow saint we have been bought with a price and there is no running from the Lord. The comfort that the world may offer the worms will eat. While you maybe angry with God or full of grief and because God has brought things that greatly affect you, remember his ways are not your ways.
This is not to make light of your anger or even great grief and even wish you were dead at times. Our Lord will still do things his way. Jonah was brought back into service the hard way and Paul could have gone to Rome without chains.
You are his Child so either claim Romans 8:28 and go on or try to run. But you will be covered with vomit and you will still go to Nineveh, if it is the Lords desire.
Do not ask for the Lord to leave you alone.
If you are not 100% sure that you are going to
Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.