Bible Ballistics: “BBs” #66 In What Strength??????
1 Kings 19:8 says, “8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.”
This small, often overlooked verse has been on my mind of late. I think God brought it to my mind to remind me that HE is able to meet my every need. So many are wrestling and struggling with different challenges and trials. And whether they be things that we have brought upon ourselves, things that have just come up unexpectedly, or even those things that just happen, this verse holds some valuable lessons for us today.
Elijah had just experienced his greatest public triumph, on Mt. Carmel, over the 450 plus prophets of the idolatrous Jezebel. Elijah had challenged them to a contest and of course God showed Himself faithful and in amazing power revealed Himself powerfully to a rebellious people.
Elijah–with this powerful victory, then had his life threatened– and he ran. What? Elijah, fresh from victory with God, ran away. Like many of us Elijah took off in his fear. When he stopped, he sat under a tree and asked God to take his life, thinking he was the only faithful man left!!! Ever feel that way? Most of us have. What did God do?
Rebuke him? Chastise him? Ridicule him for being afraid? NONE of these!!! God saw Elijah in the wilderness, exhausted and frightened and he gave him rest, sleep, and even provided his food. God then sent him on his way to his next mission and he… “went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.” Am I, are you, willing to rest in God and allow Him to provide and lead when we’re at the end of the road, the end of our rope, at that ‘fork’ in the road? Each step of the way?
So? Here’s our shot for today.
Spend some time this weekend reading 1 Kings 18-19.
Let God provide His Strength to you.
Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”