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Strength for Another Day

In a world where it often seems impossible to muster the strength to face another day, God's Word tell us:

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - (Isaiah 40:31)


Likewise, did you know that there are many examples of people in the Bible (both small and great) who found themselves at these points in their life, when they thought that they did not have the strength to go another day. 


Eljah

Considered by many to be one of the greatest prophets who ever lived, Elijah even found himself at this moment in his lilfe.  Having just been used by God to faciliate one of the great miracles of the Bible, he finds himself in the desert hiding from a threat on his life underneath a tree.  So intense was his desparation and hopelessness, that he even asks God to take his life:

I Kings 19:4
 4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers."

Nonetheless, it is even in these times that through God we can find strength, hope, and even expectancy for another day. 

The story continues:
 

I Kings 19:5-8

 5And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
8And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

The Conclusion:

Elijah arises from this temporary defeat nuorished and renewed in strength by God and goes on to fulful his destiny and walk with God.  In like manner, we can derive strength from God (through prayer, fellowship with believers, preaching, His Word, and His Spirit), even in our most hopeless hour...to go another day.

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