Scripture: 1 Kings 19:5b-8
and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Insights: We end this week with the good news surrounding this history. We learned on Monday we all face fears from time to time and for some of us those fears lead to depression. This depression presses us to isolation, despair and fatigue. When we look at today’s verses, however, we see God is in complete control. There are four things we see God knew Elijah needed and four ways in which He provided for him. The first was God knew Elijah needed food for energy. We already referenced how in depression we get fatigued. God knew Elijah needed food to give him energy in the midst of his depression. Notice God also provided for him that supernatural rest I mentioned yesterday that the Lord would eventually grant you as you seek Him out in Bible reading and intentional getting up and going to bed at appropriate hours. The third thing God did was give Elijah supernatural power to travel the duration of the journey. Jesus promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He will empower us to finish the race and run the course well. The only way we can succeed in this journey is by God’s provision for this duration. The final thing is really a preview to next week. Now I am not preaching that sermon as I am presently in Ecuador, and therefore, I will not be blogging next week. If you are in the Bowling Green area, let me encourage you to come hear how God fulfilled this last point of provision as He encountered Elijah at mount Horeb, the mountain of God. What an amazing adventure Elijah had with the Father. Every aspect of this journey was to bring Elijah to this specific encounter we will learn about next week. Beloved, let God be your provider of all your needs. You will never regret that decision.
1. Are you grateful God knows your needs?
2. In what ways are you demonstrating your trust in the Father for His provision and care in your life?
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace and provision in my life. I am so grateful for Your immense love. Amen.