“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I amnot better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4. 

Elijah speaks this abased prayer after one of the greatest victories of his life. He just prayed fire down from heaven that consumed a drenched sacrifice on an altar. Then he defeated hundreds of false prophets of Baal and prophesies that rain is going to fall and deliver the nation from drought and famine.

How could Elijah pray this kind of prayer after such an accomplishment?

Let’s imagine…  You had an amazing Sunday service. Your worship was on fire, just like Elijah’s prayer, and you prayed with people, declared promises, and danced before the Lord. Then, Monday morning arrives and you go back to the reality of family, church problems, relationship woes, and temptation.

Wrong ways to deal with the lows:

  1. Isolation – Elijah went into the wilderness alone.
  2. No Movement – He sits down by a tree. His movement is stalled. He becomes comfortable in his depression.
  3. Attitude – “Let me die.” Discouragement was his companion.

Sometimes the ups and downs of your day can wreak havoc on your life. As Christians, we shouldn’t base our walk with God on the public victories.

Right ways to deal with the lows:

  1. Socialize – Go out for coffee with a friend, invite people over, or go to a group Bible study.
  2. Move Around – Go to the store, attend church, turn worship music on, and dance before the Lord.
  3. Speak Faith – Encourage yourself in the Lord. Declare promises from the Word of God. Dismiss untruths from your mind.

God has a plan for you during the low times. And, just because you are not where you want to be, doesn’t mean you are outside of the will of God. Continue to preserver and seek God’s will.

Prayer: Lord, help me to never give up even when I feel fear and when I doubt myself. I pray that you will give me Your perspective through the lens of my understanding. Help me navigate the highs and lows of life with grace and faithfulness in Your word. 


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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