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 no 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.”
1 Kings 19:3-5 NIV
Fatigue is my greatest enemy. As Vince Lombardi said, “Fatigue makes a coward of us all.” I have had to fight numerous life battles over the last year, taking care of a sick wife & an elderly mother-in-law, while juggling work and other major life issues. These battles would frequently end in fatigue, let-down, and depression.
Elijah had just kicked major ass on Mount Carmel performing the miracle of the fire, killing all the false prophets, and putting an end to the three-year drought. This demonstrated that The Lord, the God of Israel, is the One and only sovereign God. After being threatened by Jezebel, Elijah became afraid, and fled for his life….
Fatigue invites negative thoughts. We must learn strategies to deal with this. For me, this is a time to step back, be still, regroup, and wait on the Lord to renew my strength. I frequently recall this story of Elijah, my hero, who had the same emotions. God nurtured Elijah, renewed his strength, and prepared him for his next battle.
Daily Battle Order:
When the enemy, fatigue, appears, develop your skills of retreating in the Lord: being still, resting, and waiting on God to renew your strength.
Then, put on all the armor of God, and get ready to rock ‘n’ roll. There will be more battles.