God met his servant Elijah in his desperate moment of discouragement and despair. This is mercy at its best, superbly portrayed by the Master Himself.
First, God permitted Elijah a time of rest and refreshment.
No lightning bolt from heaven, asserting, “Look at you. You have not had a good meal in a long time.” Then He catered a meal of freshly baked bread and cool, refreshing water. That must have brought back sweet memories of those straightforward days by the brook at Cherith.
Fatigue can cause all kinds of unusual imaginations. Elijah was believing a lie, mainly because he was pooped. So God gave him rest and refreshment, and afterward Elijah went on for forty days and nights in the power of it. God’s presence wasn’t in wind or tremor or fire. Those sweet zephyrs were like windswept, invisible magnets, drawing Elijah out of the cavern.
Do you see what God did? He drew Elijah out of the cavern of self-pity and depression. And once Elijah was out of that cavern, God asked him again, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”. God showed Elijah that he had a job to do—that there had been still a place for him. Disillusioned and exhausted though he was, he was still God’s man and God’s choice for “such a time as this” ( Esther 4:14 ). And as far as this I’m-all-alone stuff went, “Elijah, let Me set the record straight,” declared God.
“There are 7 thousand unswerving out there who have not bowed to Baal. At any given moment, with the snap of My divine fingers, I can bring to the forefront an entire fresh corps of My troops.” What comfort that brought.
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