Crises (4): the discouragement

Crises (4): the discouragement

"[Élie] went away and said: it is enough! Now, Eternal, take my soul, because I am not better than my fathers. He lay down, and slept under the broom. And well, an angel affected him, and tells him: Get up, eat." 1 Kings 19:4, 5

      - The example (1 Kings 19:1-18): Élie, the prophet, asked insistently his God. In reply, the rain came from a terrible drought. The prophet seems very strong, full of zeal. Nevertheless, a few days later, he is completely discouraged by threats. He runs away and, discouraged, asks to God to start again to him the life.

      However, God finds him. An angel presents him a hot meal and some water by telling him: "Get up, eat". Second time, he comes towards his servant in the same way, and it is only then that it means speaking to the consciousness of Élie with power and sweetness, reviving its faith.

      - The lesson: the strongest believer in his faith can be sometimes profoundly discouraged … The causes are numerous. Here Élie is discouraged after a big victory which he thought of having taken away only by his loyalty. What an overwhelming solitude when we forget that God makes everything! Then we have to learn the humility …

      But richer still is the following lesson: our discouragement, often incorrect, implements the condolences of the Lord. He never forgets us: by details even tiny, he shows us his presence and his care. He wants to raise us, to restore us strengths (often by the Bible, the real spiritual food) and to support our faith.

      Élie had asked for the death. Instead of taking literally him, God is going to prepare him to deprive him of the sky, without he passes by the death (2 Kings 2:11). Even if we are extremely discouraged, the Lord reserves us moments of enjoyment and a bright future.

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