Day 4: Get Your Edge Back
Fasting and prayer bring you closer to God. Fasting is a short season that releases long-term rewards.
Fasting gives you back your edge. It gives you the power to do far more than you could possibly accomplish in your own strength and finite understanding. In 2 Kings Chapter 6, the prophet Elisha had acquired a group of younger men eager to be mentored by him. These so-called “sons of the prophet” had outgrown their living quarters, so they wanted to build a new, bigger building where they could all dwell and continue to be in community and learn from Elisha.
Once they talked him into it, they all headed to the Jordan River, and each man began cutting down trees to make the beams for a new lodge. As they labored, one of the guys did not notice that his ax head was working loose with each powerful swing. It suddenly slipped right off of the handle and splashed into the muddy river. The iron ax head sank out of sight quickly as the young man stood on the bank, ax handle in hand, devastated and powerless to change what had just happened.
He was a young man eager to do something great for God, but he could no longer help cut trees with nothing but an ax handle to swing. He had lost the edge. Furthermore, this young man had borrowed the ax, so it is likely that he was concerned that he did not have the money to replace it. But all was not lost. In 2 Kings 6:6 we read, “So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float.”
Don’t let the lack of finances cause you to give up on your dream. Are you eager to do something great for God? Do you feel there’s something more God has for you to do? Perhaps at one time you sensed the anointing of the Lord on your life, and you were going for it. You had the edge. Your life was consecrated to God, and you had a deep passion for spiritual things. But something shifted.
These days you feel like you have lost the edge. What’s worse is that the enemy has convinced you that it is out of sight, out of reach and you can never reclaim it. Have you bought the lie that your anointing, your purpose, your dream, your family, your lost children—all of these are gone forever?
Given the economic downturn this nation has experienced over the past several years, many have faced dire circumstances, having: lost jobs, homes and cars, respect, and lost all hope. But I want to encourage you today that God can still make iron swim, and He can give you your edge back.January 9, 2013 | Permalink