TUESDAY, JULY 19
4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
1 Kings 19:4 (NLT)
WHAT SENT ELIJAH INTO THE CAVE? ISOLATION
I looked from my window this morning across the fields. I noticed a dwelling-house whose roof was exposed to the early and cheerful sun. There had been a storm in the night, and snow covered the roof. In an hour the warmth of the sun had melted it, save where the shadow of the chimney fell. That long, dark shade kept firm grasp of the iciness. It gave me a morning lesson, like a text from Scripture. The ice of our lives lingers only where the shadow is. If we have no Christly warmth, it is because we live in the dark. If our love is chilled and our nature sluggish, there is something between us and the light. What then? We must go forth from shadows. The sun shines and its beams are full of life. If we walk in this life the ice will melt, and instead of deathly conditions, we shall become rivers of living water. Christ is the Sun. Shadows do not belong to us. They savor death. The one aim of God is to make us children of life and light; then follows holy fellowship and hallowed communion. (A. Caldwell, Avoiding the Shadows)
In 1 Kings 19:4, Elijah found himself in the shadows. Daniel said he was caught in the backlash of great victory. It was a type of private spiritual depression that followed great public excitement. Elijah isolated himself. He was physically and emotionally exhausted. And Elijah got lost in self-pity.
We may well learn from this sad crisis in Elijah’s history, the lesson of our own weakness, and our dependence on God’s grace. In our spiritual lives, often the most dangerous for the believer, is after a season of great enlargement. When can you remember feeling weak or attacked spiritually after a great move of God? Do you feel like you’re currently in the shadows/
Thank God for His patience with you during seasons of discouragement. Ask God to help you get victory over any spiritual depression you or someone you know is dealing with. Ask God to get you out of the shadows.