I Kings 17-19
Elijah was a great man of God, and God revealed Himself through Elijah in extraordinary ways. But Elijah was human.
So when Jezebel threatened Elijah’s life, the prophet was afraid, and ran. He hid in the wilderness, feeling alone, betrayed, and fearful.
Ever felt like that? No one understands the depth of our pain. It seems like life itself is against you, and you are afraid. You are at a loss where to turn or who you can trust.
I Kings 19 shares something I find incredibly helpful. When Elijah was at his most vulnerable, God sent an angel with freshly baked bread and cool water. The prophet ate it, then took a nap.
The angel came again with the food and water, then said something I want you to hear today:
Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.
The truth is, folks, sometimes life is too hard, the journey too tough to handle on our own. We need what God provides.
I love this picture of the heavenly bread and water the angel gave Elijah. Didn’t Jesus say HE is the Bread of Life, and the Living Water? Didn’t He say if we drink Him in we’ll never thirst?
Elijah’s story doesn’t end there. After eating and drinking the heavenly food, he got up, “and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty night…” (vs 8)
That’s some good food!
I don’t know where you are in life. You may be on a mountain top or right there with Elijah under that juniper tree But I know that getting your nourishment from spending time in God’s Word, praying to the Bread of Life, drinking in the Living water every day, is exactly what you need.
We don’t have to make it last forty days. When Jesus taught us how to pray He said, “Give us today our daily bread.”
Are you partaking of the Bread of Life every day? It’s even better than the Olive Garden’s bread sticks!
Jesus is the best food ever!!!