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