Elijah had a tough day. Actually, Elijah had a tough three years that culminated in a really big confrontation day. The prophets of Baal are all gone. The people have been shown the power of God. The LORD is being worshipped once again. Not bad for three years and a day’s worth of work.
When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: "May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them." (1 Kings 19:1-2 NLT)
Elijah may have been working in the power of God, but that doesn’t stop the enemies of God from trying to stop him. Now, he has a price on his head. “Wanted: dead.”
Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died." (1 Kings 19:4 NLT)
Elijah was ready to be done. But the LORD was not done with him yet. He had more work to do.
Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, "Get up and eat!" He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. (1 Kings 19:5-6 NLT)
When we’re walking with God, we experience the fruit of God’s Spirit. When we work with God, we experience the power of God working in and through us. We also experience what it is like to rest in the LORD.
Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, "Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you." (1 Kings 19:8 NLT)
God always gives us what we need to do what God calls us to do. Sometimes this is water to drink, food to eat, clothing to wear, or shelter from a storm. Other times it is protection from our enemies and a time to find rest for our body, mind, and soul. Sometimes, we need to just rest in Him.
So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God.
(1 Kings 19:8 NLT)
How about you? Have you gone through seasons of life with God? Have you seen God’s purpose, provision, and protection as you walk and work with Him? Have you built a trust in Him? Have you found times of rest in Him?