The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, “Get up and eat —you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.” He got up, ate and drank, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. 1 King
God gives us more than we can handle to force us to rely wholly on him.
God gives us more than we can handle so that we can go back to Him for help! After Elijah had an episode of hopelessness and exhaustion, the Lord gave him time to recover and angelic provision for strength. After this recharge, an angel woke him again, and Elijah went 40 days and 40 nights to Mount Horeb.
Mt. Horeb is the same mountain where God gave Moses the 10 commandments, and appointed Aaron as priest. God took Elijah back to basics. But when he got to Mt. Horeb, he crawled into a cave and went to back to sleep! Elijah was a man of prayer, and a man of power but God took him back to the basics. Are you bored with where you are in God? God wants you to get back to the basics!
The word says that he looked for God in the wind, in the earthquake, and in the fire, but God was in a breeze. But the Lord had manifested to Elijah in a different way than he imagined. God manifests to us according to the intimacy we share with Him. In a small, still voice the Lord asked: Elijah, what are you doing here? Of course God knew where Elijah was, and all that was going on in his heart and mind; but God wanted his attention. Elijah told the Lord that he was the only one in all of Israel who was left that was zealous for the Lord. Elijah thought he was the only one left. Have you ever felt alone in your struggle, in your calling, with your ambitions or your walk? God is going to correct our wrong perspectives, just like He corrected Elijah’s wrong thinking. The Lord told Elijah, I am GOD and you are not. I will let you know that I have 7,000 men who have not abandoned their posts, or turned to other gods. Go anoint Hazael, I still have work for you to do. An lastly, the Lord also has a plan for our enemies, and for those puppets who are being used by the devil against us. The spirit world is real, and Satan is very much against us, but God is ahead of us.
The Lord wants to remind us today, to run to Him. he wants us to go back to basics. He wants us to do those things we did in the beginning. The Lord is going to give us a new understanding of being still. We will be able to be still in the presence of the Lord with joy and expectation.
Father God, today I present to you our hearts. may you strengthen us, light a fire in our souls, awaken the sleepers, and revive the lukewarm. I pray you give correct us as you did to Elijah, and may you continue to renew our hope. Thank you for new strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.