have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts,” he replied, "but the
Israelites have abandoned Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and
killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they’re
looking for me to take my life.”—1 Kings 19:14
work can be challenging! You can give everything you have to God's
service and come away exhausted. This is what happened to Elijah. God
had just used Elijah to call down fire from heaven in a spectacular
display of divine power. But Elijah's exhilaration was soon replaced by
strenuous work followed by death threats, causing him to flee for his
life. Now he was alone, exhausted, and discouraged.
God came to Elijah. This time, He came not in fire or in a loud,
spectacular way, but in a still, small voice. God's servant was tired,
and God brought him comfort. Elijah's focus had shifted from God to
God's enemies. He had allowed his circumstances to overwhelm him,
leaving him disoriented to God and feeling alone. So God encouraged him.
God provided Elisha for him as a helper, friend, and companion.
removed Elijah from the activity for a time, so that he could rest and
spend time with God. When the nation next saw Elijah, he was rejuvenated
and refocused on God and His assignment.
you are overwhelmed by kingdom work so that your focus is no longer on
God but on all that there is to do, let Him comfort you. Listen to His
gentle voice. He will encourage you and provide exactly what you need to
prepare you for what comes next. If He needs to remove you from your
work for a time, He will. He may place a friend or colaborer beside you
to help carry the load. God knows exactly how to encourage you. Let Him
—Experiencing God Day by Day