DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION – SAK. EST.
He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant. 1 Kings 19:21 NRSV
THEME: BURN THE BRIDGES
WORDS OF HOPE:
Many counsel people not to burn bridges when they sever relationship with others. In other words, they should sever the relationship in a way that will allow them a comeback if the need arises. Although this could generally be said to be a wise advice, it is not so in every situation. For there are actually times when one needs to burn the bridges! One of such times is when we decide to follow the Lord. Today’s verse, which is an extract from the story of the call of Elisha, gives us a picturesque illustration. When Elisha, who was a farmer, received the call to follow Elijah, he did a very important thing. In modern terms, we could say he, sort of, liquidated the investment he had made in farming and gave it away. Though scripture is silent on exactly why he did that, we could surmise that he did so to avoid the tendency of returning to his former trade. He burnt the bridges! He destroyed that which could weaken his commitment in his new calling, that which could draw him back. And Praise God! He followed Elijah to the end.
Learn from Elisha, burn those bridges today.
· Prayerfully think about all the bridges you need to burn in order to be able to move forward.
· Pray that the Lord will give you courage to part with anything or anyone that could draw you back in your Christian life.
· Pray that the fire of the Lord will utterly consume every old attitude, habit or lifestyle that will not allow you to follow the Lord to the end.
Lord give us the courage, the fortitude, to burn all bridges that connect us to things that could draw us back in our walk with You in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen 🙏🏽