At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver – Day 3
Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1
When discouragement breaks down our perspective and dismantles our defenses, it causes us to say and do things we would never consider saying or doing otherwise. Though we may have just completed great things for God, weary discouragement tells us we’re useless, hopeless, and abandoned.
Elijah felt that kind of discouragement. Having just won a mighty victory over the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), Elijah had been flying high. But when Jezebel took out a contract on Elijah’s life, the wicked queen’s haughty words brought the mighty prophet back to earth with a thud. Less than a day after holy fire fell from heaven—proving once and for all that God was God—Elijah was running for his life.
“Don’t you care?” Elijah asked God as he sat trembling under the broom tree in the desert. “I have had enough, Lord,” he whimpered in 1 Kings 19:4. “Take my life.” Just let me die.
Have you spent much time under the broom tree of self-pity? I have. It’s easy to find a shady spot and feel sorry for ourselves when we’re distracted and discouraged. Especially when we run up against unexpected opposition. Especially when it feels like we’re running for our lives.
In the dictionary you’ll find self-pity stuck between self-perpetuating and selfpollinating. I had to laugh when I saw it, because it’s so true. I happen to be an expert on the subject. Being quite the hostess myself, I throw pity parties fairly regularly. Trouble is, no one wants to come. Self-pity is a lonely occupation.
—Having a Mary Heart
Read: 1 Samuel 30:1–6
Reflect: Like Elijah, David faced a terrible, not-so-good day. Rather than giving into self-pity, what did David do?
Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Copyright © 2012 by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.