Pause: Eat and Sleep!

Elijah, Man of God

Scripture Reference

1 Kings 19:3-9,11-12

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there. While he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord” he said. “Take my life, I am not better than my ancestors. Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is to much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank.

Strengthened by the food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.


Have you ever been to the point where you have had enough? Pure exhaustion. Not knowing what God is doing or where to go next. Whether you just experienced a huge victory in the Lord and no one understood, or you had the most devastating blow of your life.

“I have had enough, Lord” was Elijah’s cry to God. He had just experienced an unimaginable high when God rained down fire from heaven. This after God had fed him in the wilderness with small cakes from a widow who was ready to eat her last meal and die. Elijah was depressed to say the least. He no longer wanted to live.

But God’s response was not insensitive to his feeling. God did not tell him to get moving. Got did not say to him, your pain does not matter to Me.

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No, God’s response was that of compassion and desire to fulfill all of Elijah, His servants, needs. God told Elijah to eat and lie down. He sent an angel to touch him.

All of Our Needs

God addressed all of Elijah’s needs. He did not miss one.

  • Spiritual need-God spoke to Him, God let His presence be known. He allowed Elijah to know that even in his lowest low, he was important enough to God, for God to speak to him. He was not a disappointment to God. God was there.
  • Emotional need-He sent an angel to touch him. We all need human touch both physically and emotionally. Yes, God understood that and sent an angel to touch him. Next, God told him to sleep. When we sleep, we heal. Sleep is when our brains create new neuro pathways. Sleep is also how we re energize. Amazing how God knew that. He told Elijah to sleep.
  • Physical need- God fed him. Not just a little but enough to sustain him through 40 days and 40 nights journey. He told him to sleep and he sent an angel to touch him.

God did not tell Elijah, “enough of that whining”. No, God showed compassion and supplied all of his needs. The Lord didn’t just tell him to eat and sleep for one day but two days. He allowed Elijah to take a brake. God let him wander for 40 days alone with Him, before he told him to get up. Then God gave him specific directions.

Then at the end of his respite, God told him to get up and look. God showed him great things like a mountain crumbling, an earthquake and a fire. But where God showed Himself real was in the quiet whisper.


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Pause this weekend, listen to what God is telling you in the still, small voice, the quiet whisper. But, you have to be close to God to hear it. You need to be still to hear it. You need to spend some time alone in silence to hear it.

Self care is good but nothing is as good as God care. Let Him feed you and give you rest.

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Eat and sleep

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