This simple command touched my heart this morning. The Father, faithfully attending to our fears, looking out for our best interest.
Elijah was facing a cruel enemy—and so are we. The people of God will always be fighting battles, facing opposition. There’s a Jezebel in every area of our lives swearing allegiance to our destruction. I know we don’t talk much about the cross we bear—but Jesus is all about His kids being prepared.
Right after baptism where is Jesus taken? “By the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) Right out of the gate, the devil is in our face. “Watch and pray,” Jesus warns His followers just before Judas stabs Him in the back.
Spiritually speaking, maybe arise and eat, reads more like, watch and pray for us today. In other words, we stay awake to the Holy Spirit, our spirit being emboldened, strengthened as we rightly digest the word of truth.
In a moment of exhaustion, Jezebel’s threats overwhelm Elijah’s heart, “then he was afraid.” Elijah thought himself alone. Unaware, this warrior was, of the 7,000 God lined up to finish Jezebel off.
Arise and eat fearful one, God has you covered.
“If you had eyes to see, you would perceive a bodyguard of angels always attending every one of the blood-bought family.” –Charles Spurgeon