Bible reading for today: 1 Kings 19:1–8 (NLT)
Elijah Flees to Sinai
19 When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. 2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”
3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. 4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” 6 He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.
7 Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”
8 So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai,[a] the mountain of God.
If you’ve ever done things because of fear that seemed totally irrational on hindsight, you’re not alone. The prophet Elijah once FLED at a wicked woman Jezebel’s threat to kill him, even though he’d literally just killed all her prophets and disproved the existence of her god (see 1 Kings 19:1–3). But watch to see how the Lord never took His eyes off Elijah, even when Elijah lost sight of Him. Friend, there’s truly nothing God won’t do to make you feel His love, even more so when you’re down.
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