Friday, December 19, 2014

Extended Strength, 5: Get Up, Keep Going

“…Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.” For Elijah, the journey was not yet over. Regardless of how he had felt or what had been said to him, God was not through using him. He had been discouraged, and yet God had met him right where he was. He needed to rest, and found that opportunity right where he was. He needed strength, and God provided the food that Elijah would require. But now was the time to get up and keep going. God still had a mission for Elijah, and the extended strength that Elijah would need, God had given. So Elijah got up and kept moving forward in the direction that God was leading.

What we have to understand, is that there is a reason that God is preparing us in everything that we do. He still has a mission for us. Whether it is in another country where we will be partnering with people of a different culture, or right here in our schools, jobs, and communities, God has a mission. He prepares us for a reason. He equips for a function. He extends His strength to us for a purpose. Your responsibility is to take all that He has given and to get up and keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t back off and don’t slow down. Allow Him to meet you where you are at, and to equip you with what you need. Then, get up. Keep going. He’s with you.

Extended Reading Option: Hebrews 10:34-36

Extended Journal Option: How can you relate to Elijah? What do you see God doing in your life that requires perseverance and endurance?

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