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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
Arise and Eat
by Jenny on March 26th, 2015

"And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, 'Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.'” 1 Kings 19:7

Ever felt tired and worn out . . . so low that you wanted nothing more but to give up? Hopelessness falls upon ordinary people like you and me, as well as people whom we would consider extraordinary servants of God. When we find our souls weary and parched let us nourish ourselves on the Bread of Life.

Consider the Old Testament story of Elijah the prophet. Elijah witnessed many great acts of God. First, God keeps Elijah alive during a three year drought-turned-famine by instructing ravens to feed him. Next, God provides an abundance of flour and olive oil to a widow during this same time of famine so that she too can provide food and water to Elijah. When the widow's son grows ill and dies, Elijah prays over the boy, and God raises the young boy from the dead. (1 Kings 17)

Later on, God gives Elijah the opportunity to make fools out of 850 false-prophets in one day by challenging the prophets to an altar-lighting contest. "Let us each prepare a bull and place it on an altar," Elijah said. The prophets of Baal placed a bull on their altar and called out to Baal for nearly twelve hours. After no response from Baal Elijah decides it's his turn. Elijah prepares a bull and places it on the altar of God. Elijah prays and asks God to prove that He is the one true God. Immediately fire flashes down from heaven and consumes the bull and even the altar itself. All the people fall face-down and cry, "The Lord-He is God! Yes, the Lord is God!" (1 Kings 18:1-39)

After experiencing God in such extraordinary ways, it seems that Elijah's faith would remain fail-proof. But we read in 1 Kings 19:3 that one little threat from a woman named Jezebel caused Elijah to fear and flee for his life. Elijah escapes to the wilderness and prays, "I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life . . .” (1 Kings 19:4)

Ever whispered those words . . . "I've had enough, Lord . . ."

Enough of this sickness.

Enough of this doubt and fear.

Enough of this child.

Enough of this marriage.

Thankfully, God does not heed Elijah's request to take his life. Instead, God provided Elijah with what he would need for the journey ahead--his daily bread. "He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, 'Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.'" (1 Kings 19:6-7)

After Elijah rose and ate that which God had provided for him, he found the strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the meeting place of God. It was at Mount Sinai that God instructed Elijah on how to proceed through the rest of his life.

In John 16:33 Jesus warned that we would face trouble in this life. Many times our troubles seem insurmountable. The journey seems too much. But James reminds us that, "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him." (James 1:12)

God made our bodies such that we would know when our physical nourishment runs low. For most of us, our stomachs cry out three to five times a day--feed me! But our souls require frequent nourishment as well.

Once, when he was in the wilderness of Judah David cried out, "O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for You. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1)

How do we survive this journey through parched and weary lands? By getting up and nourishing our souls on the promises of God. Matthew 4:4 reads, "People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." In order to find strength for the journey of life, we must get up and eat our daily bread.

You've likely heard the saying, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." I can't gorge myself on one super-sized helping of God's Word and expect it to sustain me. I can't take one six-week Bible study and expect it to satisfy my soul's deepest craving. Rather, I must pursue the Bread of Life daily. Then and only then, will I find strength for the journey which lies ahead.

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