Burning Bridges

‘He burned the ploughing equipment.’ 1 Kings 19:21 NIV

Elisha’s ministry began like this: ‘He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the ploughing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah.’ Elisha couldn’t go back to his old way of life because he had destroyed the time machine that could take him back. It was the end of Elisha the farmer, and the beginning of Elisha the prophet.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to lose weight, get into uni, write a book, raise money for a start-up business, or get out of debt. The first step is always the longest step and the hardest. You can’t just take a step forward into the future; you also have to eliminate the possibility of moving backward into the past. That’s how you go after goals. That’s how you break addictions. That’s how you reconcile relationships. To begin a new chapter, you must end an old chapter.

Elisha didn’t need to burn his ploughing equipment to follow Elijah, but it made a statement. More specifically, it was a statement of faith. There was no turning back. Nine times out of ten, failure is resorting to Plan B when Plan A gets too risky, too costly, or too difficult. That’s why most people are living their Plan B. They haven’t burned their bridges to the past. Plan A people don’t have a Plan B. It’s Plan A or bust. They would rather crash and burn going after their God-ordained dreams, than succeed at something else. So, when God calls you, burn your bridges to the past and move forward.

SoulFood: Rom 7:1–9:16, Luke 5:12–26, Ps 96, Pro 3:5–6

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

Wed 23 January, 2019


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