Difficult times have a way of making someone think that their experiences are isolated and nobody else can understand their pain. We get to the temptation of thinking that we are the only ones going through fire and nobody can understand our predicament. This is what happened in the scriptural story of prophet Elijah where he felt he was the only man of God left. This prophet of God was going through depressing moments to an extent of asking God to allow him to die. The challenge was too much and he thought no one could understand him because he was the only one. God surprised Elijah when He told him of 7,000 other people He had reserved somewhere in hiding apart from him. God has provided the body of believers to encourage each other so that we don’t fall into the temptation of thinking we are the only one. God still has got remnants who remain faithful to him despite lives many challenges. Where are you tempted to think your case is special and no one can understand you? Where are you temped to think you are the only one going through some painful experiences? Where do you feel the devil has reserved the weightiest tests for you? The Scriptures makes it clear that the challenges we go through are experienced by God’s s children all over. This means God expects us to learn from one another and to be humble enough to accept encouragement each from one another. If God should allow you to go through the fire, it’s because He also wants you to comfort others. Don’t just lock yourself in self pity, difficult experiences are never meant to be private affairs. Reach out to someone to encourage and be willing to be encouraged.
“Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” I Peter 5:9 NKJV
Last modified: June 20, 2020