Pushing Through Exhaustion to Your Destination

“The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.” (2 Samuel 16:14)
King David and “all the people with him” were fleeing Jerusalem and Absolam when they “arrived at their destination exhausted”.
This reminds me of the time when Gideon and his men were pursuing the kings of Midian. The Bible days, “Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. “ (Judges 8:4)
There are definitely moments of exhaustion in the Christian faith. There are battles to fight along the way. The enemy will fight you tooth and nail to keep Gods plans from being fulfilled in your life. There are temptations and trials along the road to your destination in Christ. Sometimes the wait during your pursuit is wearing on your body, mind and emotions. You may be tired of fighting your battle against sin or sickness or temptation or addiction or whatever it is that exhausts you. But the fight, the pursuit is worth the effort. Pursuing the promises and plans of God for your life can be exhausting. There are plans and promises God is working out in your life. There is a destination in Christ that he has for you. That destination represents the “more” God has for you. Do not give up the pursuit, exhausted as you are. When you get there, then you will have a time of “refreshing” from the Lord. Until then, “Pursue the ‘More’ God has for You”.

God’s Unlimited Power and Provision

Here is a principle that can make the difference or change that you need in your life right now:

Honoring God with Your Limited Resources Releases God’s Unlimited Power and Provision in Your Life

In I Kings chapter 17, we see where the widow at Zeraphath was going to use the last of her oil and flower to make herself and her son their last meal and then starve to death. There was a famine in the land due to a long drought and that was all she had left. Elijah told her to use it to bake him some bread instead and that her oil would not run dry and her flour would not be used up. She honored the word of the Lord and as a result she had all the oil and flour she needed until the famine was over. This widow used her limited resources to honor the word of the Lord and God released his unlimited provision to her until it was no longer needed.

In I Kings chapter 18, Elijah builds an altar on Mt Carmel, prepares an offering and has four large containers of water poured over it three times. That’s twelve large containers of water, enough water to fill the trench he built around the altar. The fire of God falls on the altar, consuming the sacrifice, the stones and even dries up the water. We understand the miracle of the fire licking up the water because water extinguishes fire, not the other way around. But there is something else significant here: There was a severe famine in the land. According to the beginning of chapter 18, it was in the third year. In other words, water was a precious commodity. It was liquid gold. It was worth it’s weight in gold. And here Elijah uses 12 large containers of water by “wasting” it on this altar rather than preserving it for drinking. Elijah used a very limited resource to honor God and God displayed his unlimited power.

You may feel that you have very little to offer God. Great, because sometimes that’s all God requires – to give the little we have to honor him. That limited resource might be your time or money or service or a simple act of obedience to honor him. Whatever it is, rather than using it on yourself, offer it to God and watch him release his power and provision in your life.

Setback for a Comeback

There was a statement that I read some time ago that said, “Every setback is a setup for a comeback”. I like that because I have had one setback after another over the past several years of my life in ministry. I believe that every one of those setbacks has been a setup for a comeback. Just as God has a comeback in store for my life in ministry and that comeback has been underway, so He also has a comeback in store for you.

Consider Joseph who had one setback after another before God promoted him to be governor of Egypt. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He was thrown into prison on a false accusation. He had high hopes of getting out of prison when the the cup bearer to Pharoah was restored to his position, only to see those hopes crushed for another two years of jail time. When just the right time came, his comeback was greater than he could have imagined. After all those years, there may had been times when he had given up on the dreams God had placed in his heart. Yet, God fulfilled Josephs dreams because they were placed in his heart by God himself.

Think about Job. He lost his children, his possessions, his health and even his wife’s support. He had one setback after another in a very short period of time. But God had a comeback planned for Job and gave him twice as much as was taken from him by the enemy, Satan himself.

You may have had one setback after another over the past months or years of your life. You can be sure that God has a comeback planned for you. Every setback is a setup for a comeback that is bigger than you, bigger than you have imagined. Get ready, your comeback is on the horizon. Your comeback is on its way!