DayBreaks for 06/27/13 – The Journey Is Too Great for You

DayBreaks for 06/27/13 – The Journey Is too Great For You

010-elijah-fed-by-ravens1 Kings 19:7 (NLT) – “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.”

The 19th chapter of 1 Kings is one of my favorite chapters.  Elijah, considered by the ancient Jews to be the greatest of the prophets, had just faced down the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel in a contest to determine who the real God was.  In the aftermath, 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah were killed because they had led Israel into false worship.  It was a great and decisive victory and God’s power was clearly evident.

But, Jezebel heard about it from her husband, King Ahab, and she was furious.  She sent a messenger to Elijah telling him that she was going to kill him.  Elijah’s reaction?  Turn tail and run.  There’s no indication that he sought the Lord’s direction before doing so, but I may have done the very same thing he did.

So, by 1 Kings 19:7, Elijah is on the run and he’s weary and exhausted.  He has two visits from an angel who provides him with food and water.  The second time the angel says, “…the journey will be too much for you.” 

I was thinking about this in the spiritual sense.  We are on a journey – it may be long or short, but one thing is virtually certain: it will be arduous!  And this journey for us, as it was for Elijah, is too much for us.  Like Elijah, we need heavenly intervention if we are to survive.

Rather than an angel, God sent His Son to provide us with the nourishment we need to not just survive, but to be victorious on this journey.  The only question is whether or not we will rise up and avail ourselves of the Heavenly food He has provided for us!

PRAYER:  May we feast richly on the One who alone can provide us what we need for this journey!  See us safely to the end, Lord Jesus!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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3 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 06/27/13 – The Journey Is Too Great for You

  1. That journey may be hard, and the Lord may be able to provide us what we need for it, but like everything else, we are going to have to walk the walk, not simply talk the talk.

    Too many of us want to be saved cheaply. Usually, that is what we pray for. (“Lord, what I knew I should do, but refused to do, has now bitten me, but it wasn’t really my fault because it was too danged inconvenient. But please, if you rescue me from the consequences of my gamble, I’ll try to do much better next time. Oh, and this time I really mean it.”)

    The end aim of the journey is not really the rescue. It is what is on the other side of what happens when we do our part, without regard to whether or not we are rescued. One would have thought that the Christians would have learned that from Jesus, who, after all, was NOT rescued from his suffering on the cross, despite his prayers to the Father.

    We surely benefit from our prayers for strength and wisdom, but then, we have to use the strength and wisdom given.

    Peace, brother!

    Scott

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