It Is Good To Fail – August 30, 2016
1 Kings 19:2, So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”3Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.
Psalm 119:71, It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
I just finished a series at Cottonwood Creek titled, ‘Navigating Life’s Journey God’s Way!’ Sunday I spoke on the life lessons we can learn from the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament. One of the reasons why I love the story of Elijah is because the Bible says, Elijah was a human just like us; he experienced the same thoughts, feelings, experiences, emotions…
In 1 Kings 18 on Mount Carmel we saw Elijah experience incredible victories because of God. His faith was strong and unwavering; however, in the very next chapter we see Elijah fail miserably as he runs from Jezebel. When I think about Elijah running from Jezebel, I am reminded of what Linus said to Charlie Brown one time in the Peanuts cartoon. He said, “You know Charlie Brown, there is no problem too big in our life that we can’t run from it.” This does not have to be the case when believers face troubles. We do not have to run; there is no problem too big for God. If Elijah would have reflected for a moment on God’s exposition of power on Mt. Carmel, he would have realized that Jezebel was no match for God.
So today, if you are encountering difficult times, remember God’s presence in your life. Remember God’s plan for your life. Psalm 119:17, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” And, remember God’s power in your life.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D