When was the last time you were totally exhausted? I remember preaching three times on Sunday morning and being so tired that all I wanted was my “lazy-boy.” I remember telling someone in one of my churches that I would be less tired if I chopped wood. A few weeks later I heard someone say, “I heard you’d rather chop wood than preach.” That wasn’t what I said at all! I was trying to say that preaching is hard work and I would be less tired if I chopped wood.
In I Kings 19, the prophet Elijah found himself depleted in every way. Queen Jezebel threatened to have him killed after she discovered he had the prophets of Baal killed. Elijah ran away and prayed that he would die (19:3-4) and he laid down. An angel touched him and told him to get up and eat. He was strengthened by the food God provided and he “traveled forty days and forty nights” until he came to a cave. (19: 9-18) He was refreshed and was able to do the work God had for him to do.
Sometimes we may need to be encouraged in the Lord. It may come when we talk to another believer, sing a worship song, pray or read God’s Word. Eating the food God supplies may mean “real” food, it might also mean “spiritual” food. In my case it meant something to drink and about 45 minutes of quiet time in my “lazy-boy.” Then, I was refreshed and could go on.
Are you ever “exhausted?” Give your burdens to the Lord and you will be refreshed. God always gives us the strength to do what he has called us to do. God will supply food and rest for us and he will help carry our load!
I Kings 19:5 –An angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”
Author: Tommy Herndon