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All of us get depleted at times. There are seasons when life takes all the energy out of you. Whether it’s a personal challenge, a time of sickness, job or financial pressures, or some other problem, we can find ourselves at the bottom of a very dry spiritual and emotional well. To move forward again, we need to be replenished. Merriam-Webster defines the verb “replenish” as “filling or building up again.”
There was a man in the Bible who found himself in desperate need of replenishing. His name is Elijah. After an intense spiritual battle with 450 prophets of the false god Baal, and years of being pursued by the evil duo, King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, Elijah was done. His internal fuel gauge was past empty.
The Bible reveals one of Elijah’s lowest moments in 1 Kings 19:3-5 (NIV) “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die, ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said…Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.”
What a sad picture of a tremendously strong man. Elijah had great courage, great persistence, and is held up as an example of a mighty servant of God and prayer warrior. Yet, Elijah found himself wiped out by the pressures he faced.
If you read the rest of this story, you’ll find that God showed up and replenished Elijah with rest, food and encouragement. He recovered fully and went on to do more great things for God.
Are you depleted? Don’t give up. The same God who replenished Elijah will replenish you!