Answers for Each Day - July 20

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Rest

In the last several devotionals, we have looked at how we respond to the storms of life.  Today and tomorrow we will look at two more principles for handling life when the storms hit.

Today, I want to go back to the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19.  In verses 5-6 we read,

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat."  Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water.  So he ate and drank, and lay down again.

Notice that in the midst of his crisis, Elijah rested and ate.  He took care of his body. 

Some of the crises you experience come because you are sleep deprived and you don't eat right.  And you know what?  Your body, your soul, and your spirit are all tied together.  What you do to one affects the other two.  It affects the whole.

We are intricately woven together.  And the wisest thing you can do when you get into a crisis is just give your body a rest, because it affects every other part of your life.

When you are exhausted and physically weak, it is easy for everything to be blown out of proportion.  When you are tired, it can look like your whole world is falling apart when it really is not.  It is like Mark Twain said, "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." 

You and I do need to rest.  If you are in the midst of a storm today, make sure not to neglect the rest you need.

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