In my God time this morning, I realized a reoccurring theme. This theme was Strengthening.
God strengthening His people.
I’m going to pull from 1 Kings 18-19.
These passages talk about Elijah the prophet.
In chapter 18, Elijah is praying for rain. The land has been in a serious drought for years now. Elijah asks God to send rain to demonstrate the power of God so that many will see that He is the ONLY God, the ONLY way. (It’s a really cool story. You should check it out 😉 )
So in the very end of the chapter, Elijah sees the storm coming. He is warning Ahab to go back home!-to hurry!-otherwise the rain would harm him. Oddly enough, I had read this story before, but never the ending. Verses 45 & 46:
“And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”
So. I had to read this a couple of times just to make sure I read this correctly… “The Lord gave special strength to Elijah”….and he “ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”
He Ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot.
First of all, running ahead of a chariot is pretty difficult, I could even say that is not really possible for a human. Secondly, when I looked deeper, my study application bible noted that Elijah ran 6 miles back to the city…6 miles ahead of a chariot—Only GOD could do that!
We read on a little further to chapter 19.
Jezebel, Ahab’s wife is angry and after Elijah to kill him. Elijah is afraid and runs for his life. During his time of running, as he sleeps, an angel wakes him up and tells him to, “‘Get up and eat!’ He looked around and there beside his head was some bread backed 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.”
God’s provisions gave Elijah strength to travel for forty days and forty nights. One meal—for that duration of time and journey—-Only GOD could do that!
In both of these stories, the common thread was that GOD was enough. Only GOD could have been enough for Elijah’s need.* and this convicts me.
God strengthened His servant. I believe that GOD is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and I am amazed by the goodness of God today and looking back and remembering my many yesterdays of life. He has proven to be faithful and has strengthened. He has made the way straight as He promises in His word:
5 The valleys will be filled,
and the mountains and hills made level.
The curves will be straightened,
and the rough places made smooth.
I just have to stay there. I just have to choose to dwell and focus on those things because He is good and He is right here with us—He’s in us. He will strengthen. God came through for Elijah and He will come through for you and I.
I will end with 2 Chronicles 16:9.
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.