Get Up and Eat

Why your quiet time matters!

Tired, overwhelmed, joy-deprived, anxious, even depressed could be words that, if we are being honest, could describe many of us on any given day.  I am no exception.

There are days when my energy is lacking, joy seems non-existent, overwhelm forces me to fight back tears and I want to simply quit.  Can you relate?

Those moments usually come on the heels of disappointment, discouragement heartache, failure, rejection or defeat.

Elijah could relate. This man known for calling down fire from Heaven and defeating the enemy, is now in a desert sitting under a tree and praying “that he might die.” 1 Ki 19:4. Then “he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” 1 Ki 19:5.

Elijah wanted what most of us want when overcome with difficult days – to simply go back to bed and escape from it all through sleep.

But God knew it wasn’t sleep Elijah needed.

He needed nourishment.

Shortly thereafter an angel touched him and said “get up and eat for the journey is too much for you.” So, Elijah “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.” 1 Ki 19:7-8.

Even with all of Elijah’s anointing and power, he still experienced moments of spiritual malnourishment.

Life will often demand we go at break-neck speed but we were never designed to do so in our own strength.

Eventually we will find ourselves in a desert of discouragement suffering from spiritual starvation.

We need nourishment for this journey we are on.

John 6:51 says in part “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven.”

Yes, those quiet moments you schedule to spend in His presence, whether morning or evening, are critical to maintaining the spiritual stamina necessary to live and thrive.

It isn’t easy to find time to sit at the feet of our Father and draw from His strength through His word and conversation with Him, but here is where we receive the energy and determination to press on.

God is a gentleman and will never force His way into your day or force-feed you the spiritual nourishment you need.

But His feast is always prepared when you decide to come to the table and dine on His love, strength, forgiveness, wisdom and counsel.

My encouragement for you is to schedule a time daily that works best for you to spend with the One who has prepared a life-giving meal just for you.

He is always ready to strengthen and refresh you with the nourishment you need because without it the journey will always be too much for you.

Sandra Hubbard
Elevate – Chic Inspired Living

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