In I Kings 19:4, Elijah the prophet of God is fleeing for his life because King Ahab and his wife Jezebel have vowed to kill him since Elijah has exposed their evilness.
After a day’s journey into the wilderness, Elijah falls asleep under a Juniper tree. An angel awakens him and offers him bread and water and says: “Arise and eat because the journey is too great for thee.” (I Kings 19:7) What an encouraging truth to know that the Father knows when our journey is too great for us and provides strength for our need. This strength includes physical, mental, and emotional strength.
The Bible gives many accounts of God’s strength in action. For example, the journey was too great for Abraham without God’s strength. Abraham obeyed God’s command to take all of his possessions and leave his family to go to a land which he had not seen. This was only the beginning of a journey filled with much adversity as Abraham was to become the father of the Hebrew nation. God’s strength was with Abraham every step of the journey.
Also, God gave Hannah the emotional strength to keep the promise she made to Him. Hannah promised God that if He gave her a male child, she would give the child to God for His service. God answered Hannah’s prayer and also gave her the strength to keep her promise. When the child was weaned, Hannah and her husband brought the child to the temple and presented him to Eli the priest, and Hannah said, “As long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord.”(I Samuel 1:28) This child Samuel became a priest who was faithful to his calling.
Refreshing Promises from the Word
Isaiah 12:2: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.”
Psalm 18:32: “It is God that girdeth me with strength and maketh my way perfect.”
Psalm 29: 11: “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”
Psalm 81:1: “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.”
Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater. He sendeth more strength when the labors increase. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again.”
–George Beverly Shea