Scripture Study: 1 Kings 19:1-21
I’m not sure how my words will find you when you read them, but I pray that they find you well and bring you hope and perspective.
As we continue our conversation, I thought we would begin by talking about adequate sustenance. In 1 Kings 19:8, we find that Elijah was strengthened by the food that he had been given, so much so, that it allowed him to travel “forty days and nights to Horeb (Sinai), the mountain of God” (reference 1 Kings 19:5-8 AMP). Before we talk about what went on in the cave at the mountain of God, I would like to talk further about the details that allowed him to complete his journey there.
What does it mean to be supplied with adequate sustenance? To be given sustenance is to be “supplied with the necessaries of life,” and this, in fact, is the very act of sustaining. This, in fact, is also the very state of being sustained. We find the necessity of rest and we find the necessity of nourishment in Elijah’s story, and just as these things were important to his journey, you will find that they will also be just as important to yours. You see, God’s word is a necessity as well as the sustenance that He places before us. “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4 AMP).
You see, to be sustained is to be supplied with the necessaries to survive. Your journey may not always be easy, but God will provide and strengthen you with the adequate sustenance to survive.
The definition for the word ‘adequate’ is: satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.’ I pray and hope that you will know both quality and quantity, because adequate rest, support, care, counsel, provisions, peace, and comfort are necessaries to complete your journey. The effectiveness of these things must not only be found in quantity, but in quality as well.
So, allow God’s touch and adequate sustenance to produce quality in your life, for there may be some things and people that He has to remove.
Mental illness doesn’t have a face, a race, age, or religion; and, yes, it affects those who didn’t ask for it nor ever want it to be a part of their life. You see, in our suffering we find our lot in life, and the only thing that we can do with this territory is to take possession of it and use it for God’s glory. May you know His strength when your mountain seems too high, and may you know His courage deep down in your darkest valley. You will complete this journey, and you will make it to the promise of your destination. I believe in you and want you to know that you should, too.
The Lord is your shepherd, you shall not want (Psalm 23:1). “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen” (Philippians 4:19-20 NLT).
Dear reader, we all seek shelter from the storm, and God is not removed. He will provide you with the adequate sustenance and sustain you with the necessaries of life. I want you to know that you are not alone, and it is my prayer that this column will make you feel as though you have a place to belong and somewhere to call home.
I pray and hope that you will continue to read the written content and stay connected with us over the next few weeks.
Blessings and favor to you until next time and until we meet again. ❤️🙏🏿
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P.S., Yours Truly,
The Writer Seneca Howard
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Seneca Howard is a pastor, author, mentor, and motivational speaker who inspires the lives of others through crisis ministry, counsel, and personal development.