“At The End Of A Rope” by Kirk Hunt
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.
1 Kings 19:4 KJV
Things can change in 72 hours. Fire fell from heaven in response to Elijah’s prayer. The cult of Baal leadership had been destroyed in single day. Surely, the threat of a single woman, queen or not, couldn’t matter to a prophet like Elijah.
3 days earlier, Elijah had been unstoppable. Now he huddled, pitifully under a nameless tree. It’s as if the triumph at Mt. Carmel had not happened.
To be sure, Jezebel’s threat had credibility. If anyone could arrange Elijah’s assassination, she could. Seemingly alone against a nation, Elijah looked within and found the end of his rope.
You and I know that Elijah should have looked to God. Looking up, the prophet would have seen a legion of angels, each with an endless coil of rope. Elijah could have met Jezebel’s threat with confidence and security.
It’s easy to point out Elijah’s error. How about you? Have you ever panicked instead of trusting God? “Yeah. Me too.”
At the end of your rope is when you reach for God’s lifeline. He, alone, has all of the solutions. God alone is without limit and without failure.
Think: No matter what happens, God is, and will be, there for me..
Pray: “Lord, I choose to trust You, even at the end of my rope.”
Copyright © July 2009, Kirk Hunt