When we walk on the heights with God sometimes we pour out into a situation and the people reject Him and what He desires to bring forth through His vessels. Pharaoh did the same with Moses when he hardened his heart and chose not to set the children of Israel free. God dealt with the Egyptians in His way as a result of this decision. When we face times of knowing God’s will for a situation, but man rejects it, take heart, for the Lord knows our paths. We walk about in a fallen world and we are His lights to change circumstances. Our role is to let His continuing supply and refreshing rivers flow through us onto those around us. At times He will strengthen us to stand and at others He will release our hands from the burden of the circumstance. Know the times and seasons by knowing Him.
Elijah was a prophet of God who saw many mighty works, yet still came to the end of himself and needed rest. Elijah was done with His own strength and begged God to take him on to that heavenly home as he took shelter under a bush. God was not done with him. I’ve heard this story told by man as a time to condemn Elijah for running to his cave, yet God had compassion and strengthened him and gave him much needed rest before making the next journey where he even experienced God’s manifest presence in a life changing way.
The prayer and word from the Lord below is from a time when one of God’s servants stood until released by the Lord after a long season of standing. I was feeling frustration and didn’t know my next steps. I hope these words give you comfort as you walk on the heights with our Beloved and come to know His heart for the times and seasons of each circumstance.
“Father, I am restless this day. I am afraid. Will you really make a better way? A way that overtakes us in blessing for we have stood as you have strengthen us in this hard path – never quit fitting in and never seeing your word fully in fruition. Father, I did see glimpses of light in it. I weep for not seeing it all come to pass and for those who have been wounded. What else could you have to say to me?”
Beloved, I do not reveal your next steps until you have recovered from this. Did I lead Elijah when he was weary, did I not feed him and make him to rest? Offer each thought, each desire, each yearning to Me. Offer each point of bitterness to me, do not let these drain you but give them to Me. Know I Am pleased with you as you stood and believed and were willing to let Me use you here. This is a hard lesson to learn, but very important: Where man says no to Me, watch what a way I will make for those who say yes.
Beloved, do you not know that I see your emotions. Were not many of My called ones those who say, “I’m done” even before we got started. I overlook this for I see what I’m working into you. I see how I can use your emotions that you’ve tried to drown out and overcome and put away all of your life. I made you this way and I will tweak you not to be led by emotions but to use your emotions. Intercessors feel, indeed do they not share My heart with others and even feel the heartbreak of others.
I have you standing here but for a moment until I take you into My higher ways. Will I not open the path before you to follow Me into great adventures, just as I made your heart. You wondered even today, “What do I do with myself?” Yet part of you is exhausted. I will give you your marching orders in due time. Continue to push into Me. I have brought you to a higher level with Me through all of these things, yet I need to impart and equip you for your next assignment.
Know even this day that your previous walk and path have changed and your feet I place on a new path. These rejected My plans and people in this place. Leave these and do not look back, just know you did all to stand until I released you. Well done My good and faithful servant.
- Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.” I Kings 19:1-9