“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:” (I Corinthians 10:13).
Have you ever sat down and cried, “What is wrong with me? No one likes me. No one cares about me. No one else in the world is suffering the problems I am”? This is called self-pity–the act of feeling sorry for yourself and thinking that you are the only one going through overwhelming problems.
Elijah, a great prophet of God, suffered self-pity too.
Elijah should have felt victorious after proving to the Baal prophets that God was the only true God, but Jezebel, the queen of Samaria, heard about his endeavors and sent a message to him, threatening to kill him. At this point, he had a choice: to yield to self-pity or to trust God.
He became afraid and ran to Horeb. In 1 Kings 19:10, he said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
It is a common tactic of our enemy, satan, to make us think that we are the only ones going through the problems we are faced with. That simply is not the truth because I Corinthians 10:13 says “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:”
You will never have a problem that someone else hasn’t encountered or a problem that will stump God. Out of all the people who have lived on this earth since the time it was created, the probability is that at least one other person encountered a death in the family, a business problem, a marital argument, a tormented mind and so forth.
Take your problems to God and leave them with Him because God will turn your situation around for your good. By taking your problem to Him, you are relying on His strength.
When our attention is on ourselves, we cannot be used by God as effectively. You can be used by God or give