Faith for the Day After

“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.”  1 Kings 19:3

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”   Hebrews 13:4

Many times we find the faith to face the challenges of ministry.   We rise to the occasion and perform well.  The Sunday sermon is delivered with clarity and Spirit power; the wedding ceremony is done beautifully; the conflict situation is resolved.  Like Elijah on the day of his Mt. Carmel victory we are able to carry out the Lord’s instructions with great faith and ability.  Carried along by faith, the Holy Spirit and adrenalin, we rise to the occasion. We enjoy a great victory in the battle with spiritual forces.

But it’s the day after that gets us in trouble.

The day after we are tired; we are vulnerable to discouragement; our faith is at low ebb.  So like Elijah, one day we call fire from Heaven, the next we are running from a Jezebellian threat.  When we are weary it is easy for us to lose heart.  We need faith not only for the day of battle, but also for the day after.

Where then do we find the faith to face the day after?  It certainly needs to be paramount in our mind to consider the need for physical rest.  Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi is quoted as saying, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” (Kubassek, Steve; Succeed Without Burnout, pg. 74)  We are much more vulnerable to fear when our bodies are tired.  On the day after, one of the best ways to replenish faith is to rest the body.

Not only does the body need rest, our souls need refuelling.  We need time to “consider him” so that we do not grow weary and lose heart.   When Jesus sent out the 12 with authority to cast out demons and heal diseases, he fully intended them to come back to him for further learning and fellowship.  On the days after they would spend time with Jesus.   Too often we go into battle, but forget to return to Jesus for substantial times of fellowship and renewal.  On the day after, not only are our bodies tired but our souls are hungry, therefore our faith is weaker than other days.   We need the courage and hope that the presence of Jesus brings.

So on the day after, take time to rebuild your faith, be mindful of both body and soul.  Faith is not only spiritual it is also physical.  Rebuild both on the day after.