Spiritually Exhausted? 1 Kings 19:5 “And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, arise and eat.”
“Emotionally, we’ve sometimes worked a full day in one hour,” Zack Eswine writes in his book The Imperfect Pastor. Although he was referring specifically to the burdens pastors frequently carry, this is true for any of us. Weighty emotions and responsibilities can leave us physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausted.
In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah found himself in a situation where he was depleted in every way. We read that Queen Jezebel threatened to put him to death. 1 Kings 19:1-2 “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah saying, so let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life of one of them by to morrow about this time” after she discovered he had the prophets of Baal killed. Elijah was so afraid he ran away and prayed he would die 1 Kings 19:3-4 “And he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die and said, It is enough now, O Lord, take away my life for I am not better than my fathers.”
In his distress, he lay down. An angel touched him twice and told him to “get up and eat”. After the second time, Elijah was strengthened by the food God provided, and he “traveled forty days and forty nights” until he came to a cave. There, the Lord appeared to him and recommissioned him and he was refreshed and able to continue the work God had for him to do.
Sometimes we too need to be encouraged in the Lord. This may come in the form of a talk with another believer, a worship song, or time in prayer and God’s Word.
Feeling exhausted? Give your burdens to God today and be refreshed! He will carry your load. (Scwab)