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“[Elijah] came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD…” – 1 Kings 19:4
Have you ever prayed to God and had literal FIRE come down from the sky? Not a spiritual or metaphorical fire – a real, wood burning, eyebrow scorching column of flames raining down from heaven to demonstrate the almighty power of God? Probably not. And that shouldn’t surprise you too much; there are not many people who can claim that particular feat.
Elijah was a prophet of God in the nation of Israel in a time when God’s people had not just wandered away from Him – they were in full-fledged rebellion against Him, with a wicked king and queen, prophets of the false god Baal roaming the countryside, and little faith to be found anywhere in the land. Amidst all that evil, Elijah had stood his ground, challenging the false prophets and putting their little gods to shame when the Almighty responded to his prayer. The faithful in Israel rose up and slew those who were teaching their doctrines of death. It was a great victory. And yet despite God’s faithfulness, Elijah (who’s life had been threatened by the queen Jezebel) fled into the wilderness, exhausted and depressed.
On our journey of faith, we sometimes find that despite seeing God move in amazing ways, we still run out of steam. You may have the Holy Spirit speak through you and lead a stranger to saving faith in Christ, only to go home and feel like God is a thousand miles away. In those moments, it is a simple thing to lie down and decide that rather than press on, we’ll just put our spiritual lives on cruise control and take a nap. We’ll just let the river take us where it wills and figure the rest out later.
While that approach is certainly less draining, it takes God out of the lead and permits all the various currents and eddies of the world and even our emotions to dictate our ultimate direction. When the LORD found Elijah holed up in a cave, He made him step outside into the wind. Gale forces blew through the crevasse, an earthquake shook the stones loose, sending them crashing into the valley, and fire fell from the sky, charring the earth. But the bible says that the LORD was not in any of those things. What followed was a whisper. In that small voice, Elijah’s loving God gave him a simple command to return to his calling, and a promise to bring him help.
When your exhaustion threatens to overwhelm you, the answer is not to turn from God’s direction, the answer is always to lean into His love for you, trusting that he will sustain you, and provide you with everything you need to continue living out your faith in a way that pleases Him (2 Pet. 1:3).