And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But 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. And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And 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. And 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. And 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. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (1 Kings 19:3-10)
Today's Morsel: Loneliness and isolation go along with the guilt and shame we feel about who we are or what we have done. We may feel so cut off from others that we even feel lonely when we are around other people. Guilt, fear of being hurt, and self-hatred can make us unable to believe in the love that others have for us. We can feel all alone in our struggles, challenges, problems, and difficulties even when there are people beside us who want to help. We must be willing to accept their help if we are going to be overcomers. Loneliness can break us and defeat us in any overcoming process. Elijah found himself feeling lonely and all alone. I'm sure his servant would have helped him, but he chose to leave him at Beersheba and he himself went into the wilderness. One of the worst things you can do when lonely is isolate yourself. Being around others can help you overcome and allow you to see that you aren't alone. Elijah became so depressed that he requested that God take his life. As believers, we should never get to this point in our life because there are so many people that we can talk to or rely upon to help us. As Paul said, "There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man." You aren't the only one going through what you may be dealing with. Someone else has already gone through it and can offer you some help. Jesus tells us to call upon Him in the times of troubles. If you want someone to really listen when you are feeling lonely, get yourself a cool glass of tea or ice water, sit down for few minutes and listen to the voice of Jesus. Within a few moments, you will hear a bird singing you a love song.
Sing: When gloom and sadness whisper, you've sinned, no use to pray, I look away to Jesus, and He tells me to say.
I see a crimson stream of blood, it flows from Calvary, its waves which reach the throne of God, are sweeping, over me.