Elijah was a great prophet and had seen great success through the power of God.
- He declared there would be no rain on the land for several years until he spoke again. (1 Kings 17:1)
- He saved a widow and her son through a few drops of oil and a handful of flour. (1 Kings 17:12-16)
- He had proven that His God was more powerful than Baal when he called down fire on a drenched altar. Then all the prophets of Baal had died at his hands. (1 Kings 18:20-40)
But despite all God had done through him Elijah spent. He was exhausted and afraid. He didn’t want to go on.
“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. (1Kings 19:4b-5)
Have you ever been there? You believe you’ve followed God and seen some wonderful successes. But suddenly you’re so tired. You have had enough and don’t feel like you can make it through one more day.
God met Elijah there in the wilderness where he had run. God allowed Elijah to rest, fed him and gave him water to refresh him.
Then God spoke to Elijah.
He took him up to a mountain and told Elijah the presence of the Lord would pass by. There was a mighty wind. Then there was an earthquake and a fire. But God wasn’t in any of those. Next came a gentle whisper…the voice of God. Tender and loving, meeting Elijah in his distress.
God listened to Elijah, then spoke to him a promise of help…and sent him on his way.
God listens to you too.
He hears every time you cry to Him. In the times you don’t understand and you don’t think you can go on you can expect to hear from Him. If you listen, God will feed you from His word, refresh you through others, and promise you help.
Then God will send you on your way. When you are refreshed and empowered by His Spirit you will go forward and see wonderful things happen once again.
Things more wonderful than you can imagine.
blessings and peace…