But he went on a day’s journey into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He said, “I have had enough! Lord, take my life, for I’m no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4 An Old Testament prophet, Elijah, called down fire from heaven and destroyed 450 prophets of Baal. However, after hearing what Elijah had done and learning that he had killed the prophets, Jezebel, the wicked queen, threatened Elijah’s life. Then Elijah became afraid and immediately ran for his life. He spent his last ounce of energy on a day’s journey into the wilderness. When he came to a broom tree, he sat beneath it and prayed that he might die. “‘I have had enough,” he saidElijah must have felt fear, disappointment, confusion, and discouragement, physically, emotionally, and spiritually depleted. So exhausted that he felt like he could not go on. Can you relate to Elijah?God responded to Elijah’s need with love, mercy, and compassion. 1 Kings 19:5 -6 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. Suddenly, an angel touched him. The angel told him, “Get up and eat.” Then he looked, and there at his head was a loaf of bread baked over hot stones and a jug of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. God wanted Elijah to rest for a bit and take care of himself.When faced with overwhelming circumstances and emotions, feelings of disappointment and discouragement, it helps to temporarily step away from the situation for replenishment and a new perspective.Do you need to rest? Do you need to take care of yourself?
REFLECTExhaustion often leads to discouragement, confusion, and disappointment, and it is easy to lose perspective. Take time to rest, spend time in God’s Word, and let it serve as a mirror, reflecting His truth into your life and circumstances.