But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. (1 Kings 19:4-8 ESV)
No person on this earth is immune to fear. We all have to face concerns that trouble us and emotionally deplete us. The awful narrative that plays in our head can often keep us awake at night. When we overthink the worst case scenarios, we can easily forget how good our God is to us.
In this passage, Elijah was afraid of being murdered by Jezebel. So he ran away and pleaded with God to take away his life. He was a prophet that heard the voice of God and witnessed many miracles, but his fear overwhelmed him. Have you ever felt that way about something? Did you just want to give up and not do anything more?
Whatever it is that you are facing, our LORD understands the entire situation and will care for you along the way. He knows “the journey is too great for you” and will see that you are cared for. Sometimes we just need to have enough faith to completely surrender our issues to him. We are not giving up. Instead, we are giving in to the LORD because he knows best. Notice that he gave time to Elijah to recover after running away. God sustained him with the basic necessities: food and sleep. And when he was adequately restored, God gave him clear instructions on what to do next (1 Kings 19:9-18).
We can all seek God in this way. We can cast our burdens up to him and depend on him to sustain and encourage us. He will provide the means and answers in due time, often in ways that only he can orchestrate. Turn to God and his church. Surround yourself with wise counsel and be prepared to walk through the doors he opens up for you. Have faith in him and begin your day expecting his help.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22 ESV).