In the world but not of it

October 25, 2010

Exhausted…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” 1 Kings 19:7

I would encourage you to read 1 Kings 19:3-8 and make it a portion of scripture that you study and get to know very well. Within this short passage we see the requirement for replenishment and refreshment that is needed in our lives.

Elijah had just experienced a great spiritual victory. He was exhausted physically, emotionally and spiritually, so much so that when he got wind of Jezebel’s death threat he fled. The question surrounding this passage is often more focused on how a great man of God could run for his life just because of a death threat.

It is exactly during those times of fatigue that we are weakest. At the smallest thing we can react with fear and anxiety. Our spiritual immune system is often at risk when we are constantly on the go even if it all relates to serving the Lord.

But even those moments are a divine appointment. They give the Lord some of His greatest opportunities to reach us and get our attention. They allow us to slow down long enough to get replenished and be with the Lord. Those moments allow us to see things that perhaps we’ve been missing.

Did you notice in the passage that Elijah is in the wilderness and there just happened to be hot bread and water right next to him? I wonder how many times God’s supernatural provision has been right next to us and we’ve missed it?

What we need to see is that God provided the resources Elijah needed most, in this case food. He needed to eat and be nourished so he could make the journey. He also needed that time to hear from God. We see him pouring out his heart to the Lord and in turn the Lord encourages and strengthens him to go on.

Father, help me to see the desperate need I have to slow down in my life. Open my eyes to the things you are doing right next to me that I often miss because I am too busy with less important things.

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