Monday I drove 16 hours straight through from Washington DC to Palm City, Florida.
Yesterday I paid for it, dearly. I was a total zombie.
Today I am doing better - kind of. But I hit a wall.
Hitting a wall isn't fun, but it necessary.
In 2 Chronicles 20 armies from different nations are threatening to attack Jerusalem. King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a time of public fasting and prayer. Then Jahaziel addressed the nation in verse 15: “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.'”
Athletes of all types know this.
Business people know this.
Leaders know this.
Even parents know this.
Life will push you into a corner, and you will lack the strength to get out of trouble. You hit a wall.
Now I am not going to go into all the reasons why you may have hit a wall. There are reasons of our own making and others that are out of our control.
But you are in control in how you respond to your situation. So what do you do?
1) Recognize that it is a spiritual problem. Sure you need to take a nap, vacation or a sabbatical. But still, you need to understand that the forces against you are not physical but spiritual.
2) Address spiritual problems, spiritually. Jehoshaphat fasted. Fasting isn't some kind of magical way of making God do what you want. It is a way to submit yourself to His will.
3) Listen to Him. God speaks, and you need to be listening. Specifically, listen to His wisdom and listen to His promises. “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.'”
4) Keep to the basics. My daughter is a ballerina. While she can dance beautifully, it's all because she excels in the fundamentals of ballet. Jack Nicholson, after every golfing season, would go back to his coach and review the basics of golf.
Read the Word of God, pray everyday, worship Him with all your heart, go to church and give generously. This is a great place to start.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to get through this wall and not give up on you. AMEN