“And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat”. (1Kings 19:5)
Did you hear that? “Arise and eat”. The Word of the Lord just fills my soul and today my journey was travelling in 1 Kings as I sought the rain. The clouds were just bursting and there was so much food to be shared in the feast. Oh beloved, immerse yourself in God’s Word ~ Dance in God’s Rain ~
As you journey, you will see how God manifests His glory through the prophet Elijah and the people cry, ….“The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God”. (1 Kings 18:39) And scripture tells us that even though “ the hand of the Lord was on Elijah” he feared the treats of Jezebel and fled for his life.
“Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow. Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying “it is enough; now, O lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” (1 Kings 19:1-4)
I don’t know about you but that just stopped me in my trek. Elijah was afraid. The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, he was a mighty prophet of the Lord, a man of great faith and courage – and he was afraid. The treats of Jezebel made Elijah afraid. This resonated as I pondered the many times I have allowed evil and evil threats to make me afraid. And I am sure you have also. Even after witnessing the mighty works of God, knowing His mighty hand is on us, and yet we are afraid. And Elijah was so afraid and so disappointed that he had fled. He wanted to die. He felt worthless – “no better than my fathers”, said Elijah. Fear does that doesn’t it? The fear of Jezebel can succeed to just make us feel worthless – just as Elijah.
But oh Beloved, continue to trek in the Word as we travel with Elijah and witness how God knows our fears, our defeats, and he sends His Angel to nourish us as we are touched with His understanding, with food for our bodies and with food for our souls.
“And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, and angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat”. (1 Kings 19:5)
Did you hear that? Where Elijah slept – the Word tells us twice – under a broom tree. There is much significance to that broom tree – much of God’s depth to ponder for another journey. But perhaps it can describe for us a cleaning, a sweeping, a call to “Arise and Eat”. A call to stand up to fear through the strengthening and nourishment of God.
“And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again.” (1 Kings 19:6)
Beloved, did you hear where the Angel placed the food? And not just the food: but also the water? The Angel placed the food at Elijah’s head. Did you hear that – the nourishment for Elijah’s body was placed by the Angel at Elijah’s head. And Elijah ate and drank what the Angel had provided and yet was still in need of rest. Have you ever felt like Elijah? I know I have. But did you notice what Elijah did? He lay down again. Oh how the fear had exhausted Elijah. He lay down again. Have you ever felt like Elijah? Have you ever been just exhausted by fear and disappointment? I know I have. And Elijah’s fear and disappointment was serious that he just wanted to sit down and die under the broom tree.
“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. And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. (1 Kings 19:7-8)
God in His mercy did not give up on Elijah and he sent the Angel a second time. God knew the journey was too great for Elijah. But did you notice what Elijah did? He arose. This time Elijah got up. Elijah continued the journey to God in the wilderness. Elijah arose. Did you notice something else about the food? The strength of that food took Elijah forty days and nights through the wilderness and on to the mountain of God
In God’s mercy, we are touched and we are nourished with His food and need not fear evil, as we are provided with His strength, in our Journey. Arise and Eat ~ Amen :Y