Sometimes you just need to reboot your computer and sometimes you need to reboot your life. Elijah realized this. In 1 Kings 19, we see the raw human side of this fiery prophet of God. His lessons are powerful lessons for today’s connected generation. I flesh that out in great detail in chapter five if iFaith. Here are some key excerpts:
I’m finding that rebooting is essential for the long-term viability of the soul.
I believe God allowed Elijah to suffer this discouragement for a purpose, because He wanted to correct a fatal flaw in his theology.
Elijah bought into a common spiritual myth. It plagues believers today. I call it the superhero mentality. Others have labeled it the missionary mind-set or the martyr complex.
It’s the mistaken idea that activity for God is a worthy substitute for intimacy with God. We take responsibility for outcomes and results, and convince ourselves that normal, human weaknesses shouldn’t apply to Christians.
To read a longer piece I wrote for In Touch Ministries on Elijah’s meltdown, click here
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