Get Up and Eat

Why your quiet time matters.

On any given day tired, overwhelmed, joy-deprived, anxious, even depressed could be words that might describe most of us.

Days when energy is lacking or moments that have us fighting back tears and wanting to quit.

In 1 Kings we meet a mighty, Godly man known calling down fire from Heaven and defeating the enemy. After this magnificent display of God’s power, he now sits under a tree in a hot desert praying “that he might die.” 1 Ki 19:4. Then “he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” 1 Ki 19:5.

Elijah, like most of us when overcome with exhaustion and difficult times, simply wanted to stay in bed and escape it through asleep.

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, a dryness of soul and a dehydrated spirit.

Those quiet moments spend in the Word provide the life-giving nourishment we need when we are suffering from spiritual starvation.

That Word nourishment for this journey we’re all on.

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

It’s those quiet that are necessary to maintaining spiritual stamina, hope and joy and are needed more than ever.

It isn’t always 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 it’s here where we receive the encouragement and energy 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.

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

He’s stands ready to refresh you with His nourishment because like Elijah learned, without it the journey will always be too much for you.

Sandra Hubbard

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(2) Comments

  1. Scott Fortenberry says:

    Thanks Sandra from a non-chick. Beautifully said.

  2. Machelle Bernheim says:

    Amen! Thank you!

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