Don’t Miss Your Exit

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I Kings 19:7 MSG; The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, “Get up and eat some more—you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.”

What is a journey? The dictionary says, a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling. Each journey is different, some long, some short, to this place or that place, but most generally a journey takes us to a place from a place, wouldn’t you agree? This journey above was one Elijah took when he ran from Queen Jezebel and King Ahab after killing all the false prophets. Think about that for a moment. God had responded to his faith, rained down fire to consume the altar, gave him strength to kill all the false prophets but when the queens word came to him, he turned tail and ran. I’ve never quite understood that, until recently that is.

It seems that when God reveals His great plans for us, we’re so excited. We could scale walls with our faith, run into a burning building to save someone, give generously to help others, but when God opens a door for us and the light’s off and there are no windows to warn us what’s inside, where does our trust run off to? We end up running from what could be the biggest blessing of our lives simply because of the unknown.

Elijah knew God. He knew that God would back him up in anything he spoke in faith, so why did he run? Fear. He listened to the wrong voice and was afraid. God had to prove Himself again to Elijah before he could move on but notice this thing that happened as a result of his fear, verses 19-21 shows that God sent him to train his replacement.

Don’t let fear keep you, from where your faith in God can take you. Keep your eyes on God regardless of what you see or don’t see. If He says go, go. If He says stay, stay. The only way you’re going to succeed on this journey of faith is to constantly commune with God, build up your confidence in His ability by reading His Word, and regardless of where the path goes, be determined to stay on His heels. If your path takes a sharp right and you can’t see around the corner, keep going. As soon as you round the bend, you’ll see Him there.

Father, I remember the first time I took a roller coaster ride, the steep inclines, the hard lefts and rights, the cliff like drop offs, they all made my stomach jump and fall but when I got off, I wanted to go again. There’s something about life with you that’s full of hope and promise. There’s no place I’d rather be at any age, then stepping out with faith in You. You are my constant companion, my umbrella in a storm, my blanket of warmth, my place of refuge. You infuse me with strength as I climb the high mountains and your peace in the valley restores my soul. I will not be distracted by the unseen enemies of selfish ambition, pride of life and the safety of the ‘known’. I have set out in pursuit of you and there’s no going back now. It’s with trust in what Your Son Jesus did for me that I give a resounding AMEN.

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