June 25

1 Kings 19:7-8 (NIV) 7The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 8So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

Poor Elijah! He had been on the run and in hiding for three and a half years. He brought a great victory for God and was forced back into hiding again. God sent an angel to deliver the food and water he needed. Elijah was so tired from the spiritual conflict that he needed an angelic alarm clock. He was encouraged to eat to get the strength he needed for the journey.

There is a temptation for those suffering from depression to forget the physical. Elijah needed to eat to get the strength to move to a new setting. We can use a change of scenery. It gets our mind off the problems that have overwhelmed us. Then we are able to hear from God without the cloud of things troubling us and distorting what He speaks to our hearts.

He traveled to the same place Moses got his inspiration, Horeb. Horeb means 'fresh inspiration'. That was what Moses needed too. Moses went from second in Egypt to being a shepherd and had given up the hope of helping his people. When we get to the place of despair that Elijah and Moses were in, we need to get away to a mountain of inspiration. We need to meet with God and hear from Him. We need God's perspective on our situation. (To be continued.)

Consider: Where do you need to go for some fresh inspiration?

June 25

John 14:1-3 (NIV) 1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Jesus had just told the disciples He was leaving. He told Peter that he would deny Him, and followed those words with the passage for this evening. "Do not let..." is telling them that they can choose to not allow their hearts to enter into turmoil. Few Christians today believe this! Jesus was telling them that in the worst imaginable scenario, they could choose to not allow their hearts to be disquieted. They could remain calm and firm in their convictions in the face of their Master being tortured to death. How in the world is that possible?

He told them how, "Trust in God; trust also in me." Trust, or believe, in both God the Father's sovereignty over all, and Jesus' choice to go the direction He was led by His Father. The sovereignty of God, His will after all is said and done, is a great source of peace to the people of God. No matter what you face, if you know the God who loves you will have His way in the end, you can peacefully endure all things. It is when we place our trust in our self that we should be disturbed! Where is your trust placed today?

In Jesus' day, a suitor would ask his prospective bride to wait for him while he added a room onto his father's house. Once the room was completed, he would return with his friends for a weeklong wedding party. Then they would return to the new room to live together. He would tell her something very similar to verses 2 and 3 above. Jesus is not leading you on. He can't lie. He is preparing a place for you. He will be back to receive you to Himself so that you can forever be with Him. It should cause us amazement to consider that He so desires us to be with Him. Don't let your heart doubt or be in fear. The One who cannot lie has promised a wonderful new beginning, eternally in His presence, in a special relationship with Him.

Remember: Trust! Believe! Do not let your heart be troubled.