In 1 Kings 19:1-9, the great prophet Elijah flees for his life from Queen Jezebel. He is tired, overwhelmed and afraid. He finally sits down under a broom tree and prays, “I have had enough, Lord. Take my life.” Then he falls asleep. An angel comes to him, not once, but twice, with bread and water. At the second visit, the angel says, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” Strengthened by the food he could travel for many days to safety.
Most of us have days when we have “had enough,” and we can’t seem to find the strength we need to overcome the fatigue of daily life. We might try remedies such as vacations, the snooze button, comfort foods and so on to no avail. Instead we must find our strength as Elijah did in bread and water.
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). Jesus Christ is the sustenance God provides for us each day so we can be strengthened to continue this journey of life. When we pray and praise Him He comes to us with the food of His Word and the water of life, His Holy Spirit. When we feed on His Word and drink from the well of the Spirit of life, we are empowered and strengthened by God in Christ to continue on our journey.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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