by Joe Alain

Touched By An Angel: Overcoming The Demon Of Despair
Joe Alain
1 Kings 19:5

''Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, 'Arise and eat.''' 1 Kings 19:5

In the television series ''Touched By An Angel,'' people in crises discover that they are not alone in their struggles. Angels in human form intervene in the lives of people who are in need of desperate help. Some are caught up in the self-destructive bondage of addictions. Others have lost loved ones and are angry at God. Some are overcome by feelings of guilt, shame, loneliness, fear, self-pity, and despair. Perhaps the show has been so popular because it taps into so many of life's experiences and hurts. In each angelic encounter people are brought to the realization that they are not alone in their pain and that God does indeed care.

Similarly, in I Kings chapter 19 Elijah was touched by an angel. This divine intervention came just at the right time and Elijah was renewed from deep despair to fresh new devotion. Elijah discovered that he too was not alone in his struggles and that God did indeed care very deeply about him.

The High Cost of Mountain Top Living (Situation)
After waging battle and winning a great victory on Mt. Carmel, Elijah waded through the dark valley of despair. Elijah on Mt. Carmel was a Mt. Everest of a mountain man. He courageously challenged the false religion that had sunk his beloved nation into the miry pit of sin. The false religion of Baal had spread across the land like a plague. In its wake lay immorality, injustice, and iniquity.

Who could forget Elijah's compelling invitation before all the people? Elijah scribbled a line in the rocky soil of Mt. Carmel that still stands as a monument of righteousness and of courage.
''How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal then follow him'' (I Kg. 18:21). When Elijah called down fire and the God of gods showed up, the peopl ...

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