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.
Elijah had done some fascinating things during his ministry. God was with him and blessed him everywhere he went. He was troubled by many yet each time he faced his foes with God’s strength and was able to resist and to repel them.
One day after rebuking King Ahab and being threatened by Jezebel that she would kill him, Elijah ran away.
He ran long and far and completely exhausted he sat down under a tree and said to God, “It is enough…”
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever said to God, it is enough?
I believe God tests all He loves and takes them to their limits but never past them.
Job experienced it after a long and excruciating endurance of Satan’s attacks as he cursed the day he was born. He never went against God and neither did Elijah but they just showed their frustration.
Job, after God yelled at him and Elijah, after God showed him His power, were both brought to a better place. Job was restored everything tenfold and Elijah went up to heaven in a chariot of fire.
Many times I feel the testing of God pulling and pushing me into new strengths. Sometimes I want to scream out, “It is enough” but then I ask God to give me more strength. I ask Him not to take me so far that I will cry out, “It is enough.” I want to pass His tests.
Sometimes I will get a bit grumpy and complain and my wife will say something like, “Hold on, everything will be alright.” I will answer and say, you have been telling me that for fifteen years now! Yet I know she is right. With every passing of a test come a raise in grace from our God and He will fill me with peace which means, we’re cool!
I try to explain to my wife that no matter how “Christian and Godly” one is, if you drop a concrete block on their foot, they will scream. They may have great faith and now they also have great pain.
Lastly, it is alright to spout off once in a while. Try to keep it between you and God and try not to let the whole world see. (They are working on their own issues and don’t need yours also)
God knows how hard you try and also that you are human. Sometimes I say, Father, I know you are always right so there is no need to try to argue (I would always be wrong anyway) but I would ask for a bit of peace. Do you know what? He gives it to me.
So don’t forget, no matter how difficult it gets, like Job and Elijah, in the end we will always win with God.