1 KINGS 19:8
So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as
far as Horeb, the mountain of God.
One New Year’s Day in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and
quit. After checking for mechanical problems, the crew discovered that vehicle pulling the float was
simply out of fuel.
The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gasoline. The most amusing thing
about this whole fiasco was that the float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil
resources, its truck ran out of gas!
Elijah had run out of gas as well. He had victoriously confronted the prophets of Baal and revived the
people of Isreal (1 Kings 18:20-40). He had raced king Ahab back to Jezreel and won(v. 46).Then he
had fled from the wrath of Queen Jezebel and gone a day’s journey into the wilderness (19:1-3).
Now he was faced with another journey, this time to meet with God on Mount Horeb, but he didn’t
have the strength to do it one this own, God sent an angel of the Lord, who said to Elijah, “the
Journey is too great for you”(v .7). Then God gave Elijah supernatural strength, and in that strength he
travelled for 40 days and 40 nights.
Believers are not able to live the victorious Christian life on their own strength either. God know that.
But He is also able to give us the strength we need. The apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me”( Phil. 4.13). God has unlimited resources, but unless we appropriate them
to our lives, they do us no good.
Don’t settle for a stalled-out Christian life. While you are inadequate in yourself, God is more than
sufficient for all your needs, Call on Him today and you’ll experience all the strength you need for the
BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT AND YOU’LL NEVER RUN OUT OF GAS.
1 KINGS 19:8