How is that we survive the storms of the deep only to drown in the shallow waters of the shore – Just yards away from dry land?
We’re past the worst. We fought a good fight. The threat is almost behind us, so why would we even think about quitting when we’re closer to victory than we were when we started?
The truth is, it is usually because we’re tired. But decisions made from tiredness are most times detrimental.
When we’ve been through a series of storms, we tend to become war weary and worn out from all the battles we’ve had to fight up to this point. Tiredness, if unchecked, can be dangerous. It is important to know when to rest so that we do not wear ourselves out to where our exhaustion turns into delusion. I’m always reminded of Elijah under the Juniper tree. The immediate threat had passed. He had defeated all the prophets of Baal, had just called down fire from heaven yet one word from Jezebel and he sat under the Juniper tree wishing for death.
He was tired and needed rest, but his exhaustion caused him to think he should just give up. Then when God showed up and gave him food and rest, he was able to continue on with his mission. And so it is for us when we are fighting tired. We disregard our prior victories and convince ourselves that the fight will never be over so we might as well just give up – lay down and die.