What to Do When You’re Discouraged – By Nate Carter

Pastor Nate Carter

“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.” –  1 Kings 19:8 ‘

Elijah had just experienced his greatest victory. In one day, both fire and rain fell from heaven. Yet nothing changed. In fact, things got worse because Jezebel vowed to kill him and he had to flee for his life. Sitting under a Juniper tree, discouraged and exhausted, he said, “It is enough; now, 0 LORD, take away my life” (1 Kings 19:4).

Have you reached that place? Are you frustrated by your inability to change things at home, on the job, or in the circumstances around you? Like Elijah, you want to quit.

There is an answer. Elijah laid down and slept, and as he did an angel touched him, and said, “Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.” The journey before each of us is “too great.” We need strength that can only come from the touch of God. If we get so busy working for God that we have no time to spend with God, we will become fragmented, weak and unfruitful. To restore our souls, the Lord brings us back to basics. Jesus rose early each morning to spend the first hours in prayer with the Father. There He got His instructions for the day and His strength. Today, He’s calling you back to the place of prayer-there you’ll find guidance and strength.