This post is Day 24 in a series of studies about “Angels”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Angels – Day 24

1 Kings 19:5-6

Then he (Elijah) 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 a jar of water and some bread baked over hot coals. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The Thought

In 1 Kings 18 we read of the great victory on Mount Carmel when Elijah proved that God was so much more powerful than the demon gods worshipped by Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. But suddenly, hearing of the kings threat to kill him, he ran for his life.

Elijah had run the 25 miles/40 kms from Mount Carmel to Jezreel (1 Kings 18:45), then he continued to Beersheba (over 60 miles/100 kms). He was depressed, afraid and tired. Please note that there was no reprimand for having been afraid and run away! God understood!

An angel arrived to feed and encourage Elijah. He then slept again from emotional exhaustion, but the angel woke him once more encouraging him to eat again because he still had a journey to complete. Elijah went on to complete a marathon, walking for forty more days and nights. The text makes us believe that he didn’t eat, drink or sleep again during that time!

The forty day period makes us think of Jesus spending His time in the desert right at the beginning of His ministry and at the end we read that “angels ministered to Him” (Matthew 4:11).

Action

Few of us will ever be called to suffer in the way that Elijah and Jesus both did, but isn’t it good to know that angels can feed us if necessary? Supernatural food that will keep us going for many days.

Thank God today for the times when He has provided for your needs, often when you haven’t recognised it. Praise Him that He will do that again in the difficult times that may be ahead of us.

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