From many of you this past week has been unusually difficult, you have been pushing through resistance - mostly spiritual but also some of it physical. At times you have felt angry and frustrated, weary and worried, agitated and anxious. People have let you down and some relationships are strained. You have tried to pray but it has felt like nothing much has changed. It’s all starting to take its toll. Like Elijah in 1 Kings 19, you have had enough. You just want to walk away, to escape, to run. You’ve tried to be faithful and honorable but you feel disappointed, alone, misunderstood.
The Lord wants you to know today that He is coming to minister to you. He has seen your struggles, your hidden tears, your despair. He is on your side. His Angels are now on assignment. They’re coming your way. They will give you fresh courage, confidence and capacity to press through. Listen to the whisper of the Spirit, experience His comfort, catch the wind. You’re not finished. Not even close.
1 Kings 19:1-15
“Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 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 wilderness. He came to a broom bush, 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 bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper....
... The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came.”