One of the most beloved prophets had a melt down. A full on breakdown. He had had enough. Powerful people would not listen to him. He was frustrated with their stubbornness. He talked, and he talked. He preached he consoled. He killed, he raved. He told Ahab and Jezebel that they had to choose between God and Baal. Guess what, they chose Baal, and Jezebel threatened Elijah’s life. So he gave up. Packed it in. He ran for his life, 1 Kings 19:3.
God, we see here, had a recovery plan for Elijah. I found this supper special! Surely our God loves us individually! He takes care of our every need!
- God provided nourishment and rest. 1 Kings 19:5-8. He slept for awhile, until an Angel woke him with food. How are you doing at taking care of your own nourishment? Are you grabbing fast food more times then fixing a healthy meal at home? Or do you skip meals. Me, I am a skipper. I don’t like to eat when I am stressed. I don’t want to think of food shopping, or cooking a meal.
- God provided Angelic help. 1 Kings 5-8. Do you have a best friend? All of my friends are long distance. I don’t have friends that just pop over and help. But– I have in the past. These people are amazing gifts from God. I work hard in my relationships to be the one to drop everything and help a friend. I long to be the “angel” in someone’s life.
- God listened to Elijah – he went on a tangent for sure! Elijah verbalized all of his stress points. He had had enough. He did all that God asked him to do and then some. He let God know he felt alone. So very alone. With great obedience comes great personal sacrifice. But GOD! God did not leave Elijah alone!!
- God reminded Elijah of His power- verses 11 & 12.
- The Still, small voice of God was needed – Verse 12
- There was a recommissioning, a renewal of purpose – verse 15-17
- Elijah found out that things are just never as bad as they seem – verse 18
- God Brought Elisha to share in the journey. How precious are our friends who share their lives with us.
Wow! This makes all the things I am wrestling with pretty small. However, I know I am just as needy and frail and lost as Elijah. I have had some amazing times in prayer of late. Asking for direction..show me..lead me…empower me…just let me have the courage to do. To never leave God out of all that I am. All of who I am.
But yes, breakdowns happen. These do not have to stop the powerful workings of God in our lives. God is there..no matter what!