There is a huge difference between running on empty and running away from everything.
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1 Kings 18:45 – 46
Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
This guy just ran 20 miles straight faster than a horse-drawn chariot.
1 Kings 19: 1 – 3
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.
Our faith is not a permanent guarantee that we will never have fear again. Remember, Elijah just out ran a horse for 20 miles! He is exhausted. When exhaustion is present, even from a meaningful exertion, the enemy knows how to ratchet up the fight.
Just married? / Just parents? / New job? / New Home?
Our lives are just like this! Great victories followed by relentless demands to continue to live at a heavy pace which draw our resources to near empty.
As the story of Elijah continues, he finds himself running all the way to Beersheba in Judah. He leaves his servant there, and then takes a day’s journey into the wilderness. He comes to a broom bush, sits down and prayed that he would die.
Fear is the exact opposite of faith and it motivates us to run in the wrong direction. We start moving based on what we see rather than trusting based on what we cannot see. If we are not careful, we might just travel all the way out of the place we once lived in promise.
Elijah tells God that he has had enough.
He is tired. Exhausted. Restless. Discouraged.
But our God listens. Elijah fell asleep after praying. The angel of the lord woke him to eat a meal of baked bread and water. While we can come to the end of our selves, the end of our roads, the end of our ropes, we can NEVER come to the end of God.
God provided Elijah with rest. The very same God who provided when we were going in the right direction will provide when we are headed in the wrong direction.
1 Kings 19: 7
The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”
That is the realist reality of our lives at this moment. The journey is and will be too tough for us. That is why God provides, even at times when we willfully disobey and head in the wrong direction. Let us humbly accept out limitations so we will not have to experience unexplained frustration due to exhaustion.
Will you rest in Gods grace? Will you ask and allow God to restore your soul?
Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me – Psalm 116: 7