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1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.
1 Kings 19:5
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise [and] eat.
1 Kings 19:6
And he looked, and, behold, [there was] a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
1 Kings 19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise [and] eat; because the journey [is] too great for thee.
Now as you read this, you can see how the Lord supernaturally provided a place of rest, food, and water. Elijah was a man who lived in a human body and needed spiritual encouragement as well as physical rest and nutrition . We also need to take care of these requirements of rest, food, and water.
Elijah was tired and discouraged. We also become tired and discouraged.
Everything looks worse when you are tired. Try not to make major decisions when you find yourself in this condition. Elijah was so overcome that he asked God to let him die. As you read the rest of the chapter you will see how he continued with his doldrums to the point that he hid in a cave and God allowed him to hide, but then asked him twice "What doest thou here, Elijah?"
Elijah's desire to die was a permanent solution to a very temporary problem.
God did not berate him but gave him what he needed. Rest, food, water, encouragement and a new assignment.
God allowed him to recuperate and then showed him that his work for Him was not finished.
God encouraged Elijah by reminding him that he was not the only one left who still served Him.
God also showed Elijah that regardless of the storm, fire, wind, earthquakes and such that as the commotion dies down that it is His still small voice that we will hear.
In the midst of your life....have you heard His still small voice speaking to you. Listen and remember....you will probably recall His gentle nudging to take care of yourself and to be encouraged that you are not alone.
The storms will pass and you will continue. Do not give up. We are counting on you.
1 Kings 19:11
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:13
And it was [so], when Elijah heard [it], that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, [there came] a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?