Provisions for the Journey

from Lynda Lindsey

The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. I Kings 18:46

Then he (Elijah) lay down under the tree 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 a cake of 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. I Kings 19:5-9(a)

The Lord to Elijah: “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—-all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” I Kings 19:18

Elijah’s literal “runner’s high” was spent after his six mile run ahead of King Ahab into the city of Jezreel. It was necessary that Elijah arrive at Jezreel ahead of King Ahab to insure truth would be reported: God, not Baal had answered by fire, resulting in Elijah’s slaughter of hundreds of Queen Jezebel’s false prophets. The evil Jezebel, responding in fury, vowed to kill Elijah. So Elijah, exhausted, hungry, fearful, lonely, and discouraged fled for his life. 

Elijah, sound asleep under a tree, was awakened by a ministering angel of the Lord not just once, but two times. The angel touched Elijah and told him to get up and eat. At the angel’s second appearance Elijah was told to get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you. Elijah, obeying the angel, was strengthened by that food for the journey. Journeys usually are time consuming, requiring great effort and stamina, not just for the journey, but in preparation ahead of the journey. 

Elijah was spent. Traveling any distance was too much for him. God, however, knows, and provides for our needs. God sends ministering angels. God provides a personal touch. He gives sustaining food and drink. Rest. Peace. Shelter. Assurance that we are not alone in following Him. Strength returns when we drink from His living water and eat His life giving bread. Strength builds when we obey God’s commands, relying on Him alone. Get up and eat! The journey is too much for us. But the journey is not too much for God! Accept His provisions and be strengthened!