Phooey!

Feb 25, 2015 by

Phooey!

Phooey!

(Are We Guilty of The “ELIJAH COMPLEX”?)

Am I the only one who is TIRED of hearing from one after another “Christian Leader” in this nation – Writing and Talking as if God was ready to abandon us and that judgment and doom were all we could expect? Do we think this has never happened before?

Do you remember Elijah – who sat under a Juniper tree bewailing that “he was the only one left” and “there was no one else who believed God”?”

I have a word for that: “PHOOEY!!”

A.W. Pink (1886-1952) wrote about this in his book “The Life of Elijah”. Be encouraged by these words:  Elijah was tired of the ceaseless opposition which he encountered, weary of the strife. He was disheartened in his labours, “I have striven hard, but it has been in vain; I have toiled all night and caught nothing.”

It was the language of disappointment and fretfulness: “It is enough”—I am unwilling to fight any longer, I have done and suffered sufficient: let me go.”

Maybe Elijah was disappointed because God had not fulfilled his expectations. He was thoroughly despondent and anxious to quit the arena. BUT GOD KNOWS; He remembers that we are but dust” (Ps. 103:14)… He is aware when our energies are spent, and He graciously renews our strength. And God mercifully refreshed Elijah, and thus compassionately does He deal with us.

It is in the hour of trial, just when the clouds are blackest and a spirit of dejection has seized us, that God’s faithfulness appears most conspicuously. He knows our frame and will not suffer us to be unduly tried, but will “with the temptation also make a way to escape.” That is to say, He will either lighten the burden or give increased strength to bear it, so that we shall not be utterly overwhelmed by it.

“God is faithful”: If we call upon Him in the day of trouble, if we plead His promises and count upon Him to undertake for us, HE MOST CERTAINLY WILL NOT FAIL US!  We should not despair and give up the fight.

“Weeping may last for a night, but JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!”
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He has solemnly sworn “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” and therefore may we triumphantly declare, “The LORD IS MY HELPER, and I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO TO ME!” (Heb. 13:5, 6)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8, 9). These verses are often quoted, yet few of the Lord’s people are familiar with the words which immediately precede them and of which they are an amplification:

“Let us return to the Lord and He will have mercy upon us, and to our God for He will abundantly pardon.” Thus it is not the loftiness of his wisdom but the infinitude of his mercy which is there in view.

It was not on the summit of Carmel, but here in the wilderness that Elijah received this touching proof of his Master’s care.  It was not immediately after his conflict with the prophets of Baal, but following upon his flight from Jezebel that he received this distinguishing favor.  It was not while he was engaged in importunate prayer, begging God to supply his need, but when he had petulantly asked that his life should be taken from him, that provision was now made to preserve it. How often God is better to us than our fears.

We look for judgment and Behold Mercy!

Well, then, may we unite together in acknowledging, “HE HAS NOT DEALT WITH US AFTER OUR SINS, NOT REWARDED US ACCORDING TO OUR INIQUITIES.” (Ps. 103:10).  Rather has He dealt with us after HIS COVENANT FAITHFULNESS and ACCORDING TO HIS KNOWLEDGE-PASSING LOVE!

(A.W.Pink- The Life of Elijah (Chapters.24 & 25)

1 Comment

  1. We will NOT give up!! Sad…but not losing JOY, He is my strength!! I’m also sick of hearing people say…OK Lord hurry and come…its time!! Wow…we are just now! Getting into the battle…Sword and shield.. Up!! AS ONE!!! 👍 🙌

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