What I’m Thinking: Basic Needs

When Elijah fled from the deadly threats of the monarch, he was cast back to his most basic needs: food, water, and rest. God met them all.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about the 19th chapter of First Kings (1 Kings 19:1-15). The prophet Elijah had just had one of his greatest triumphs. He had asked God to send fire down from the sky, and God had done it: done it in front of King Ahab, done it in front of the prophets of Baal, one of the other gods of the eastern Mediterranean. Elijah had demonstrated – God had demonstrated – that the power of the God of Israel was far greater than that of these competing deities.

But there was another royal figure – another devotee of Baal – who was not present and that was the queen, Jezebel. She announced that she was seeking Elijah’s life.

Elijah fled.

As he made his way down towards the mountain where God had given the law to Moses, he stopped by a stream and collapsed. There an angel fed him and told him to rest until the time for the journey to resume.

I just want to focus on that moment in this reflection today. In peril of his life, Elijah had been brought to the most basic of necessities – food, water, rest – and these things were important not just to Elijah but to God.

When we come down to the place where we are in greatest need, God is still there. Even if, as might be the case, God is not absolutely pleased about where we are and where we’re going, God is still there, concerned that we meet our needs, that we eat and drink and rest before we continue on with our journey.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you were thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , | Posted on June 13, 2022

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