“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, LORD,’ he said. ‘“Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” 1 Kings 19:3-5

Meditation: Elijah was a part of a great victory as God demonstrated His power through the prophet. Baal and his prophets were shown to be false and were killed. After seeing God bring about such a great victory, Jezebel threatened to kill him.  Elijah ran for his life. He let his guard down and allowed fear to rule rather than his faith in the God who had done such a great work. Elijah was a great man of God but he took his eyes off the Lord praying for death because he was tired of the battle.

Spiritual battles can be absolutely exhausting experiences. They are emotionally, physically and mentally draining. It important to immediately seek out a time of refreshment in the Lord after you experience a spiritual battle. Even Jesus was ministered to by the angels after His 40-day fast and temptation by Satan. Too often, we are easy prey for temptations after a victory and we need to be vigilant so that we don’t fall. It is a matter of seeking refreshment through worship, prayer and fellowship with fellow Christians who will build you up and strengthen you in the Lord. Elijah even left his servant behind as he went further into the desert! We need to surround ourselves with caring, concerned believers who will encourage us during periods of exhaustion.

Challenge: If you can’t comprehend what I mean by the exhaustion that comes from the spiritual battle, you may need to get involved in serving the Lord. For those of you in the battle, please take time away to refresh and strengthen yourself, especially when you are involved in a victory. Satan is that prowling lion looking for someone to devour and it can be easy to fall to temptation after the battle when you are worn out. Remain in close fellowship with the Lord and seek out strong Christians who can be refreshers for you.

Thought for the Day: Lord, help me to remain focused on you and as I worship and praise You for what You have done. Refresh me and strengthen me that I may stand strong in your strength.

Chris Garner

Used by permission - Fortified Marriages.


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