WednesdayAugust 24, 2016

Daily Devotional

Breathing Room

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: August 24, 2016

From Series: Push Me Pull Me

In Topics: All, Commitment, God, Power, Prayer, Priorities



I Kings 18:24, “The god who answers by fire—he is God”. I Kings 18:27, “At noon Elijah began to taunt them. ‘Shout louder!’ he said. ‘Surely he is god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.’” I Kings 18:32, “With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed”.


Isn’t it true that we spend the majority of our time on the go running from point A to point B? We constantly overcommit and under deliver. While doing one thing we are already contemplating the next. And with so many things vying for our time and attention, we feel overwhelmed and out of breath. This lack of focus makes our heads swim as we rely on our own power and ability to get things done. What must we do? Look no further than God’s man of the hour, the tower of Hebrew power—Elijah!

The prophet Elijah had just challenged the nation of Israel to a royal rumble on Mount Carmel due to their lack of obedience and faithfulness to God. His challengers, 850 false prophets, were determined to get their god to answer by fire. After several hours, Elijah began taunting them to work harder and harder to rouse their little “g” god. They literally worked themselves into a frenzy screaming, dancing, and slashing themselves with knives and spears to no avail. Finally, they caved, and Elijah set the stage for the Lord’s supernatural display of power. What, in essence, did he do? He created space for God to do what only God can do. What can we learn from this? Double-mindedness only wears us out and leaves nothing to show for our effort.

Single-mindedness, placing God at the center of our lives, creates margin for Him to move. Relinquishing control and yielding to God also creates within us a sense of calm and a peace that surpasses all understanding. Bottom line—God comes first! A single-minded perspective and spending time with Him daily creates room for us to breathe. Why? Because we are allowing Him to show up in a major way and relying on His power to work in and through our lives.


Spend a few moments meditating on Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things will be added to you”. Ask God to examine your heart as you seek His face. Then, in stillness, listen for His voice.


Do a schedule check. Are you allotting time to spend with God daily? If not, what can you eliminate? Write “God” on your calendar every day for the next three weeks as a reminder to prioritize time for intimacy with God.