Strength for the Journey

The Old Testament prophet, Elijah, had just won an awe-inspiring victory over the false prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. (1 Kings 18:20-40) He proved Jehovah God was the only true and living God.

If Elijah’d been a surfer, this would have been his long ride of a lifetime.


If that were the case, and it surely wasn’t, I believe Elijah might have pumped his fists high into the air, let out a hoot, and stepped off his board, into the frothy liquid, to relish the unbelievable accomplishment. But Elijah wasn’t a surfer, and he didn’t pump his fist.

It seems he may not even have relished the accomplishment. At least not after he heard what Queen Jezebel had to say to him. “You killed my prophets, and now I swear by the gods that I am going to kill you by this time tomorrow night.” (1Kings 19:2 TLB)


So, a depressed Elijah fled for his life. He prayed to God that he might die, rationalizing, “I’m gonna’ die sometime, may as well be now.” But that wasn’t God’s plan for Elijah. (You can read more about Elijah’s final, whirlwind moments, in 2 Kings Chapter 2.)

Ever felt like Elijah? Ever felt like saying, what’s the use? Why keep on trying? I’m doing everything I know how, but it’s not working. It’s hopeless.

I’ve felt that way before, and I figure some of you have, as well. That’s when the door to depression is flung wide open. That’s when the truth of who we are in God’s eyes gets clouded. That’s when we curl up into a ball on the floor, rock back and forth, and pray for release.

More importantly, that’s when God steps in, just like he did with Elijah, and provides strength for the remainder of our journey.

We aren’t forgotten. We aren’t abandoned. We aren’t forsaken. Every single day, we have the strength we need to put one foot in front of the other, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in those of us who claim Jesus as their Savior.

Feeling like Elijah? Hold onto the hope we have in Christ. Take in the strength he provides for the journey, and never give up.

He (Elijah) 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. 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.’ 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, the mountain of God. 1 Kings 19:6–8 NLT

I wish you well.


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