Just sitting and not doing anything is sometimes very dangerous.
Elijah was a case in point for as James said Elijah was truly human. When he sat under the juniper tree he was truly disappointed and in despair. “It is enough! Now, Lord take my life, for I am no better than my fathers! I Kings 19:4. We also face disappointment and despair. Elijah had run away from Ahab and Jezebel and was physically tired. He sought a place of peace and rest. Alone, he felt nobody cared and indulged in self-pity and wanted to die.
What are you doing here Elijah? Elijah did not remember his victory over prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel he only feared for his life from wicked Jezebel. God assured him he was not the only one left and Elijah was to learn that self-pity sank him deeper into depression. No good comes out of moping or moaning. Prescriptions drugs may be needed in acute situations but they do not get rid of the cause. Alcohol cannot drown sorrows for their problems are still around. Proverbs 20:1
Instead of fearing Jezebel Elijah should have trusted in God for help and protection. When Elijah realized God was with him, still had work for him to do, and others were serving God too, he moved on. When we realize as Elijah, we will also move on and do God’s work.
Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were good friends of Job who sat with him for seven days when he suffered the grief of great loss of his possessions and family. Much of the comfort of this life lies in acquaintance and friendship with those that are prudent and virtuous. they came with a design (and we have reason to think it was a sincere design) to comfort him, and yet proved miserable comforters, through their unskilful management of his case. Many that aim well do, by mistake, come short of their aim. They wept aloud; the sight of them (as is usual) revived Job’s grief, and set him a weeping afresh, which fetched floods of tears from their eyes. They rent their clothes, and sprinkled dust upon their heads, as men that would strip themselves, and abase themselves, with their friend that was stripped and abased. Coming to comfort him, they sat down with him upon the ground, for so he received visits; and they, not in compliment to him, but in true compassion, put themselves into the same humble and uneasy place and posture. There is a time to keep silence, when either the wicked is before us, and by speaking we may harden them (Ps. 39:1), The heart of the wise studies to answer. We should think twice before we speak once, especially in such a case as this, think long, and we shall be the better able to speak short and to the purpose.
Job 43:1-6 ‘Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can he withholden from Thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech Thee, and I will speak: I will demand of Thee, and declare Thou unto me. I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job moved on by acknowledging the Omnipotence of God and was obedient to forgive his friends. And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord prospered Job twice as much as he had before. If Job had remained where he was and cursed God he would not have had the blessings of the Lord. When we decide to move on is when we give the Lord a chance to help us to a new level of faith.
Do you want to reach a higher level of faith? then do not just sit there but move on with the Lord.
Remember a sitting duck is someone being available to be targeted by the devil. Usually it is not very enjoyable. You are making yourself available to be a victim if you continue sitting so don’t just sit there. Get moving!