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Burnout

Elijah’s Resume

Made it Rain and Not Rain.
Israel in Baal idolatry. Baal was God of fertility. Lord of dew and rain. God of the heavens.
Showdown with prophets of Baal and Asherah.
Like Bruce Lee, he challenged everybody.
Elijah vs. Baal prophets. Baal gets the ball.
Elijah trash talks.
1 Kings 18:27 NLT
27 About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!”
1 Kings 18:28–29 NLT
28 So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out. 29 They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.
Elijah’s turn. Stacks the deck against himself. Soaks the sacrifice.
1 Kings 18:36 NLT
36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.
1 Kings 18:38–39 NLT
38 Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”
He outran horses.
He was at the Transfiguration of Jesus.
He didn’t die, but was taken to heaven in a whirlwind.
2 Kings 2:11–12nlt NLT
11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.
Outstanding prophet. Yet so human and fallible.
After victory over Baal, Jezebel puts out wanted posters for Elijah. And Elijah ran.
1 Kings 19:2 NLT
2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”
1 Kings 19:3–4 NLT
3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. 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.”
How did he fall so far?
“I” Statements
1 Kings 17:1 NLT
1 Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”
1 Kings 18:36 NLT
36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.
1 Kings 19:10 NLT
10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
Idol of Self. Savior Complex. If it is to be, it’s up to me. The spiritual root of burnout is an overblown sense of our own importance. The idolatry of self.
Elijah didn’t worship the idols of Baal or Asherah, but he was prone to the idolatry of self, the savior complex, the idea that it is all up to him.
This is a recipe for burnout.
Have you burdened yourself with a greater sense of your own importance than is warranted by your own humanity?
It’s important to remember that we’re not all that, not even with a bag of chips. It’s not all up to us. We can’t do everything. We are not superhuman. But the good news is that God is. He is able. The God who gave Elijah victory over the prophets of Baal could have protected Elijah from Jezebel. But Elijah forgot that. He saw the threat against his life and instead of looking to God, he just saw his own vulnerability.
We burnout when we only look to ourselves. When we operate only in our strength. We think, we should be strong enough. We should be able to handle this. And when we can’t, we despair.
I want to invite you today to stop looking to yourself. Take a moment to laugh at yourself. Remind yourself that you’re not all that. You were never meant to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. It’s not all up to you. There is a God, and he’s all that. He’s almighty. He is able. And if you turn to him, he will give you strength to do what you cannot do, to do the impossible, the miraculous, the super. But remember, it’s him, not you.
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