Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
1 Kings 19:7

These beautiful words were spoken to Elijah the prophet during a time of discouragement and loneliness.
Elijah wanted to give up, lie down and die but God had other plans for him. On two occasions an angel spoke gently to Elijah encouraging him to eat and be strengthened.
Sometimes we can feel like Elijah for one reason or another; perhaps because we are very tired or discouraged. God is very gracious to His children during such a time and if our hearts are truly open He will come and strengthen us for the journey ahead.
We receive our strength not only from physical nourishment but by spiritual nourishment; by taking time to draw strength from our Creator and find His encouragement to go on in the journey. There are times when life's journey is easy but at other times we need new strength for each moment. I love the part in this story when in verse 13 'Elijah heard it, (the still small voice)...he wrapped his face in his mantle'.
Here was Elijah receiving that strength in the hidden place. We don't know what that 'still small voice' said to him but whatever was said it gave him strength to go on, to do what God wanted him to do and to fulfil the call of God on his life.
Take time to find a place of complete aloneness (no matter how you feel) and hear that beautiful still small voice speaking to you giving you strength for your journey.