Summary: Dealing with frustrations from Biblical perspective.
Title: Biblical solutions for our Burnout
Text: 1 Kings 19
Almost everyone in life goes through Burnout in all different forms. Some go through burnout in their professions, in personal life, in family life and almost in every aspect of life. If we need to define burnout in simple terms, it would be mean frustrations, stress, difficulty in coping with the pressures of life and anxiety and panic attacks etc. Well, these real life issues cannot be ignored and has to be addressed in order to find a remedy. The world offers all kinds of possible solutions ranging from an ecstatic holiday to a pub or a discotheque.
Are there incidents in the bible with somebody who had gone through such frustrations?
How have they handled such a condition?
Does the bible offer some remedial measures for such circumstances?
If so what are these remedial measures?
Would these remedial measures help the post-modern generation?
This sermon is an answer to these relevant existential questions.
Profile of Elijah: (The man who went through burnout)
• Elijah was the great prophet of the Old Testament.
• Persecuted by King Ahab.
• Escapes to the wilderness, where ravens miraculously feed him.
• By divine direction goes to Zarephath, where he is sustained in the household of a widow, whose meal and oil are miraculously increased.
• Returns, and sends a message to Ahab.
• Meets Ahab and directs him to assemble the prophets of Baal.
• Derisively challenges the priests of Baal to offer sacrifices.
• Kills the prophets of Baal.
• Escapes to the wilderness from the fierceness of Jezebel.
• Fasts for forty days.
• Despondency and complaints of his frustrations.
• Flees to the wilderness of Damascus; directed to anoint Hazael king over Syria, Jehu king over Israel, and Elisha to be a prophet in his own place.
• Increases the oil of the widow of Zarephath.
• Raises the son of the woman of Zarephath from the dead.
• Causes rain after seven years of drought.
• Causes fire to consume the sacrifice.
• Calls fire down upon the soldiers of Ahaziah.
• Foretells a drought.
• The destruction of Ahab and his house.
• The death of Ahaziah.
• The plague sent as a judgment upon the people in the time of Jehoram, king of Israel.
We can talk more of this mighty man of God but he did go through his own pressures of life. The bible tells us in 1 Kings 19, that Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. What surprises me is this – a man who challenged the 850 false prophets gets scared about a word of threat that came from a woman who has not witnessed the event.
The truth is our achievements and success and everything can be void in no minute when an overwhelming personal pressure entangles us. The pressure that our friend had to go through was the pressure of survival. His life was at stake. He ran for life much threatened. The same condition applies to our lives also.
How do we handle such circumstances?
Did Elijah successfully overcome his burnout?
Biblical solutions for our Burnout:
1. BE STILL: Psalm 46:10