This Sunday would remind us that you and I are not alone. The prophet Elijah was human just like you and me. He faced a discouraging time in his own life after he was on a spiritual high. Here are the words from our text:
"Elijah went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: 'It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.' Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep." 1 Kings 4 - 5a.
Elijah, after having shown victory over the god Baal on Mt. Carmel, was on the run as King Ahab's wife, Jezebel, was out to kill him in revenge. Elijah may have been caught up in despair, but this is not the end of the story, where he is just in a hopeless state. It was God who intervened. An angel came and provided food for Elijah. Here is how it's stated:
"Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, 'Get up and eat.' He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, 'Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you..'" 1 Kings 19:5b - 8
Yes, God can intervene in our lives to turn things around. This will be the theme I will explore this Sunday. You might be afflicted with weariness right now; or if not, you can be prepared for when it will come. May God's blessing be upon your reflection of this text and your worship this Sunday.