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(1Ki 19:1-8)  1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 3  And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. 7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. 

Life is truly a journey! No matter where your journey leads you, the path is usually the same: the struggle is real … the enemy is real. It’s how we walk that pathway that makes the difference. Do we give up? Do we seek God’s help? Do we seek the world’s answers?

To summarize today’s reading, Elijah was running for his life!  Why? He was running away from an ungodly woman, Jezebel, because she threatened to kill him.  Elijah ran so far that he found himself exhausted and he stopped to rest under a  tree. He just didn’t rest though; he simply gave up! The circumstances were too much for him. He was so distraught that in his mind he saw no way out of his predicament. Man’s thoughts are not God’s thoughts, praise the Lord! If they were, believers would be giving up. (Isa. 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.)

However, God wasn’t done with Elijah yet.  God did not give up on Elijah. Instead, God sent an angel to “touch him” and to tell him what to do.  I love this part … “an angel touched him”! How personal is that? There’s something about a touch – a hug – a pat on the hand! I believe that Elijah needed that touch. Once the angel touched him, it brought him to reality.

Elijah looked up and there was food and water to strengthen him. But what did Elijah do?  He laid back down! I suppose the circumstances were still fresh in his mind and maybe he still felt overwhelmed by those circumstances. I’ve done that so I can’t be critical of Elijah’s reaction. God still didn’t give up on him though. God sent that angel once again to “touch him.” This time the angel tells Elijah why he needed to eat and drink: the journey ahead would be a difficult one without sustenance. Elijah listened this time and obeyed … and that sustenance strengthened him for 40 days and nights! It’s not often we read how someone survived 40 days and nights without eating and drinking. I can only think of Elijah and Jesus Christ. If you can find anyone else, please leave me a comment 🙂 That must have been some sustenance, amen?

How many times have I been on a journey where I felt like giving up? Too many to count, I must say. How do people do it without the Lord! My husband’s Crohn’s journey has been the hardest thing I’ve had to go through with him. It has taught me that the word of God is my sustenance.  Without it, I cannot continue on this journey. Jezebel may not be chasing me but the devil sure is. He wants me to give up. He wants me to run away. But God has plans for me. (Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.) It may not be what I expected, but it is God’s expected end! And that, my friend, is a perfect ending!

Many times I have sat under that tree and thrown my arms in the air. The Lord didn’t send an angel to touch me because I have Someone better!  I have the Holy Spirit living within me who instructs me in the way that I should go! (Joh 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.) He brings me comfort and encouragement through the Bible! After all, the Holy Spirit wrote it and He is an expert on leading me to the living water that will help me to survive through yet another trial!

Are you going through a trial? Is your journey too much to bear, Christian?  God has an expected end to your journey. Of course, we can’t tell the future, but He can! He knows what’s there and He knows what you need to make it through. He will send you an “angel” to touch you through His word! He loves you and He wants what’s best for you. Just as you would not abandon your own child during the most difficult time in his life – neither will God abandon you! 

Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 

Notice the verse says SHALL and NEVER  …  let that sink in 🙂 God bless you, Christian, as you go through your journey. Keep your eyes on Him and not on your circumstances. Surround yourself with godly and wise friends who will lift you up and encourage you in the word of God. I don’t know what I would do without those friends who lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. (Psa 61:2  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.) A true Christian friend will do that!

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