Maybe You Need a Break

Elijah's spirits were at the bottom. He had just prayed down fire from heaven and had 450 prophets of Baal slaughtered and what was his reward? The queen sent him this message:

"May the gods also kill me if by this time tomorrow I have failed to take your life like those you killed" (1 Kings 19:2 NLT).

Elijah prayed to die. "I have had enough, Lord. Take my life." Then he lay down and went to sleep.

While he was asleep, an angel touched him and told him "Get up and eat." He got up and saw some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water. God provided for him despite his weak faith.

Elijah still wasn't ready to move on and laid back down. The angel again touched him and told him to eat some more because he had a long journey ahead of him. Elijah ate enough bread to sustain him during 40 days and nights-all the way to the mountain of God.

After we've spent a lot of physical or emotional energy, there can be a natural let-down. We can then realize it is a normal response and won't last forever. However, it is necessary to restore inner resources. It may mean we need to do what Elijah did--eat and sleep.

Thank You, Lord, that You tenderly care for us when we're weary.

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint" (Jeremiah 31:25).