As he chopped, his ax head flew off the handle and fell into the river, sinking out of sight deep, deep down into the swirling water.
The student was upset – especially since it was a borrowed ax. “‘Ah my lord!’ he cried. ‘It was a borrowed ax!’
‘Where did it fall?’ the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water...” 2 Kings 6:1-7 NLT
Supernaturally, the ax head rose to the surface, floating on the water within easy reach. The young man retrieved it and carried on with the work of the Lord.
Sometimes, we have to go back to those places in our lives where we were excited about God to recover what we’ve lost. Where did you lose your zeal? Where did it fall?
Go back and remember: what were you doing at that moment in your life that kept you close to God? What kept your love for the Lord and the things of his kingdom alive?
What music stirred your soul? What habits of reading the bible or worshiping or praying strengthened your relationship with God? What friends helped stoke the fire to keep you blazing for the Lord?
You can’t recreate the past, but you can learn from it. You can find a new way to do those things that will help you recover your zeal. You can return to your first love for God by remembering and doing “the things you did at first.” (Revelation 2:4-5)
The darkness in this world can only be conquered by light. We can’t afford for you to be a casualty or to fall by the wayside in this battle between good and evil. I pray you will remember where you lost your zeal for the Lord and do what it takes to get it back.
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works...” (Revelation 2:4-5a NKJV)
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What’s your dream? I pray you will be inspired and encouraged to pursue all God has for you. Now, more than ever, we need people of faith to go, do and become the light for the world.