I did not capitalize the word evil because I do not wish to give honor to the beast of this world. That being said, let’s begin.
1 Kings 19:4-8 tells the story of one of God’s greatest Prophets of the Old Testament, the
Prophet Elijah. The back story of this reading, (I encourage you to read the entire 18th chapter of the book of 1 Kings to place this reflection in the proper context) is that Elijah had just taken out 450 false prophets of the god Baal. The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob; the God of Moses who led the Children of Israel out of Bondage; this same God showed yet again, His Great Might and Power over evil, by destroying all the false prophets of then Queen Jezebel. She was so infuriated that she sent a ‘note’ to mentally terrorize Elijah, Jezebel then sent a messenger to Elijah and said, “May the gods do thus to me and more, if by this time tomorrow I have not done with your life what was done to each of them.” 1 Kings 19:2
She sent a note, by a messenger. Elijah ran from his anointing. He ran from his Commission. He ran from his Strength. He ran from everything he knew that would help him, instead he focused on his own fear. His own carnal fears. How often do we do the same thing when we get bad news from someone? How often do we run into a state of depression when we get wind of a message of destruction; letter from work telling us we will lose our job; shut off notice of utilities, doctor telling us we have an illness that is incurable and only a certain amount of time to live; someone does something wrong against us and we have to pay for it? How often do we run into the desert of depression, the darkness of realizing that our world is going to crash around us? Our carnal minds tell us there is no way out of this one. We are doomed to lose everything we have worked so hard for.
Elijah did the same thing. He left the Lord, he left his family, he left his servant who was his prayer warrior, he left his Lord and ran into the desert of despair and death. He asked the Lord for death, to end it. Have you ever been in a situation so bad that you have asked the Lord, “Lord please, let me go, I’m done, I can’t do this anymore.”
Many people have said that and many people have taken a ‘permanent solution to a temporary problem’, suicide.
Just as the Lord sent Elijah an Angel, He will do the same for you. Lay down, sleep, wake up and eat. Eat of the Bread of Life that restores your soul; Eat of the Bread of Life that Heals and protects from death; Eat of the Bread of Life that gives you strength for this journey called life.
Rest in the Lord. Rest in His Spirit and ask Him to comfort you.
Eat. Eat of the Bread of Life, the Eucharist which is the source and strength of our being. Nourish yourself with good natural food as well. This food will give you strength for your journey.
Get up! GET UP and get out. Tell the devil to ‘get behind me satan’. You have that authority! Get up and move; Get Up and live; Get Up and use that stumbling block in front of you as a stepping stone to get where God needs you to go.
It is Faith. Your Faith will be a bridge; a bridge from where you are now, to where God desires you to be, all you have to do is… GET UP! Do not allow the evil one to mentally terrorize you another day, for when you seek the Lord, He will answer you… GET UP!
Keep on Keepin’ on!
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