I think we can all agree that a sane person would not live in the house with an elephant; house broken or not—makes no difference. Can you imagine how domineering this animal would be to live with? But, before we mark this off as being totally ridiculous, let’s look at it metaphorically.
The beast within!
If the elephant represented negative emotions like: fear, worry, doubt, and guilt then many of us will have to confess we live with these domineering Goliaths every day. I chose the elephant to illustrate my point because it’s obviously clear we would not tolerate this animal in our private quarters. We should have the same intolerant attitude when negative emotions come to occupy valuable space in our minds.
We are reminded throughout the Bible to: fear not (Isaiah 4:10-13), trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6), give the Lord your cares (1 Peter 5:6-7), don’t worry (Matthew 6:34). Therefore, these negative thoughts are out of place—like the elephant living in our homes.
The other day the Holy Spirit brought this elephant analogy to my attention when He wanted me to concentrate on a particular project. But instead, I spent my time worrying about something totally aside from what He wanted me to do. That’s when God put this into my spirit:
Ignore the elephant!
The devil will put these “elephants” in our lives as he sees fit to distract us from doing anything for God. Nevertheless, if we don’t have enough faith to overcome these distractions, we are deceiving ourselves if we think these “elephants” will leave voluntarily. If we are waiting for all the challenges of life to smooth out before we can do God’s will, we might not ever be in compliance with heaven. Do you see the underline plan of the enemy? It’s one of his oldest cons: distract—divert—redirect.
I’m learning when we are operating from God’s plan to expect a herd of negative thoughts to challenge our faith—it’s part of the course. We have to ignore the elephants; use our faith to do what God has ordained us to do—in spite of.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
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