Read I Kings 19:1-18
“They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated — the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground” (Hebrews 11:37-38).
Elijah knew a lot about caves. He spent much of his career in them. In fact, at one point God led him to a ravine to drink from a brook and get his food from ravens. Yes, nasty filthy birds to bring him food. That was God’s provision for him. Then he stayed there until the brook dried up. (See I Kings 17.)
Elijah was, quite frankly, spent. Begging God to let him die, he had had enough. So he gave it up to God, exhausted. Then he fell asleep.
What a sweet picture we have of God’s personal understanding and provision when He sends an angel to wake Elijah up and there right next to him is freshly baked bread and a jar of water.
Elijah was exhausted, so he ate and slept again only to be awakened a second time with even sweeter understanding.
“Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you” (v 7).
And Elijah found strength. He found strength to keep going. He found strength to run from Jezebel, the wicked woman who made his life a literal living hell, were it not for God Almighty. Elijah found strength, and he ran to the Mountain of God.
It was the same mountain upon which God imparted the Ten Commandments to Moses. The same place where God had passed by and hid Moses His servant in the cleft of a rock. It was called the Mountain of God (Exodus 33).
Elijah was burned out and exhausted, with nothing left to give. He was destitute and penniless, so he ran to the Mountain of God. His faith showed him that God still saw. Still provided. Still wanted him. Even now.
And when he got to that mountain, God met him there. Not angry that he’d run or upset with him for wanting to give it all up, all-powerful God met destitute Elijah right where he stood. On His mountain. Then Elijah, by faith, went on.
Where do you run when you’re spent and exhausted? It’s hard sometimes to faithfully pursue a relationship with Almighty God when we’re worn out. God knows, though. He knows exactly where we are and what we feel. He sees our exhaustion, and He wants to renew us. But first we must run. We must run straight to Him.