Are you mentally, emotionally or physically on the road to a breakdown? Are you driving with all eight cylinders, but running out of gas? Notice the following statement:
God often allows your tank to be empty so that you will seek Him. Come to the King of Kings and learn His ways. The Holy Spirit is drawing you–seeking a personal relationship with you that will lighten your load!
Key Verses to Memorize
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Key Passage to Read and Reread
Even his name Elijah (God is Salvation) announces that he is a messenger approved and sent by God. Elijah had significant spiritual strength, yet he wound up with an empty tank under a broom tree, begging God to deliver him from his great distress.
Elijah on Empty
Scripture reveals the cause of Elijah’s burnout:
-Elijah lost confidence in the sovereign power of God v. 3
-Elijah had reached the end of his resources. v. 4
-Elijah was tired and exhausted. v. 5
Scripture also tells us the steps of Elijah took to be restored:
-Elijah left his servant and got alone with God vv. 3-4
-Elijah received the rest and food provided by God vv. 5-8
-Elijah sought to communicate with God v. 8
-God was not silent but asked Elijah to explain his need v. 9
-Elijah was honest with God about his feelings v. 10
-God showed Elijah that He was still in control vv. 11-12
-God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper vv. 12-13
-Elijah’s response revealed that he did not understand how God was working v. 14
-God revealed part of His future plans to Elijah vv.17-18
-Elijah obeyed God and went back to the job God had given him. v. 19
-God gave Elijah the gift of a genuine friend and companion. vv. 20-21
God sometimes allows difficult situations in your life in order to nurture a stronger relationship with Him. The events in which Elijah found himself were beyond his control and demanded a complete dependence on God. If your prayer life is to penetrate to the deeper layers of your faith, you may find yourself under the broom tree of a broken spirit.
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Psalm 18:6.