Preparing for Your New Season – Lessons from Elisha

Be Prepared to Sacrifice the Known for the Unknown

“So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate.

We have often heard it, and said to others, “Don’t burn your bridges behind you.” But there are some bridges you have to burn or else you will return to the familiar. 

Elisha literally burned his bridges behind him when he slaughtered the oxen and used the oxen’s equipment as firewood to make a meal of his then livelihood to feed his family and friends. His mind was made up there will be no turning back. 

Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Elisha had given up plowing in the family’s business because he was preparing to plow in a new field, even though he had no idea what lay ahead for him. He was embarking on a new enterprise and so he sacrificed the known for the unknown.

It is a scary thing, but sometimes you have to do just that, ‘burn some bridges’ if you do not want to forfeit your future in the new season. It takes a courageous act of faith.

Once you are sure you have connected with your mentor and he or she can take you into that new season, then ‘burn the bridges’ and run after them and don’t look back.

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