Daily Devotion For Monday March 06, 2017

1 Kings 19:1-8

March 6
1 Kings 19:1-8

1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. 4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7The angel of the LORD came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
Life can feel like that sometimes. One day, everything is going great and it feels like you are on top of the world. The next day, it seems like nothing will ever go right. It starts to feel like the world is out to get you. That is more or less the context for Elijah in this passage. He conquers the 450 prophets of Baal on the mountain, likely feeling like he was untouchable. Now, he is on the run. So, he does what all people do at one point of another: he lays down and feels sorry for himself. He asks God to simply take him away, not wanting to face the pressure. He is right on God taking him away. He was simply wrong on the timing. God had more in store for him and sends him off running to mount Horeb where he and God will meet through a gentle whisper.

Life is full of pressures. The world is full of fears. Some days it feels like the best we can do is lay down and feel sorry for ourselves. Whether you lay down or not, make sure to keep your mind open to the ways God may be speaking to you. Wherever you are at in your life, God still has a plan for you. Take heart. Take hope. And do as Elijah did, go to meet God in the gentle whisper.
Almighty God, thank you for always being present in the ups and the downs of life. It can feel like a roller-coaster sometimes, but you are always there. Help me to calm myself enough to enjoy the ride. Amen.
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