"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped." {Psalm 28:7]
 1 Kings 19:1-18 is a reminder of God's care even while running for our lives.   

Elijah is a prophet of God who finds himself threatened by a wicked administration.  At this point I Israel's history, Ahab is the king of the northern 10 tribes of Israel.  Ahab  is married to a woman of
Phoenician royalty.  Ahab being seduced into the worship of Baal (the male deity of the Earth) and Asherah  (the female deity of the Earth) by his non-Israeli wife, is drawn away from the protection promised by the God of Israel for all who call upon the name of The LORD.

The worship of Baal and Asherah that is adopted by king Ahab through Jezebel's influence plunges the northern tribes of Israel into the darkness of  apostasy and apathy.

Jehovah sends Elijah with a message to turn His adulterous people back to His plan carved into the two tablets of stone intrusted to Moses and all the kings of Israel thereafter.   The end of the 18th chapter of 1 Kings, Elijah becomes the sword of  God's wrath upon the worshipers of Baal.

Ahab and Jezebel undeterred, are not even the least bit sorry for their transgression.  Their reaction was a promise of  lethal retribution upon God's messenger Elijah.

With a bounty on his head, Elijah runs as far away as possible with his servant struggling to keep up.  His destination is the mountain of God,  Mount Horeb,  also known as Mount Sinai where Moses received the Law that Israel at this point and time, has rejected.

Elijah runs as far  as he can before collapsing under a broom tree in the desert  beyond Beer-Sheba in Judah where he left his servant. Under the broom tree Elijah wished for death. He fell asleep hoping to never regain consciousness. 

Elijah awoke to a tap on his side. Placed next to his head was a cake baked on hot coals and a jar of water.  An angel encouraged him, "Arise and eat." Jesus said, "I am the bread of life and he who drinks the water I give him will never thirst again." {John 4:14 & 6:48]

Refreshed, Elijah fell asleep again, only to be awoken to the voice of encouragement. The angel of The LORD said, "Arise and eat or the journey will be too much for you.  Elijah rose and ate, then continued 40 days and 40 nights on that food alone to the intended destination; to the mountain of God - Mount Horeb.

It is upon the same mountain where Moses received the document that all civil law is based upon, that Elijah hears that voice whispering from the depths of the human heart.  The voice was not from the blasting of rocks, the blaze of fire or the grinding of  tectonic plates. 

"What are you doing here, Elijah?" came the voice from within.  God speaks to us personally in deafening silence that can only be heard from the depths of the human soul.

Not unlike many of us encountering a crisis in life, Elijah felt the battle was his alone.  The whispered voice he knew quite well and  personally, reminded him, he was not alone.  God encouraged Elijah in what should have already known.  "...There were over 7,000 who had not bowed the knee to Baal nor kissed his image."

It was encouraging to know that over 7,000 souls were faithfully clinging to the rock of ages.  And at the same time humbling to know that these 7,000 were no doubt praying for Elijah.

When you feel alone beloved in your fight of faith.  Remain faithful.  There are many who are praying for you. 

"And my God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory, in Christ Jesus concerning you." {Philippians 4:19]