Don’t Stay Under The Juniper Tree
1 Kings 19:4 – But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
We will all come to the point where we will say it is enough. This mighty prophet of God came to this point, and this gives us hope, it happens to all of us. Elijah slept under a juniper tree. He, like us, can curl up in a ball and give up. Life can become too big for us. Too hard for us. The mountain can loom large before us. The Bible records the day when Jesus entered a boat with the disciples and said, Let us go over to the other side. It was going so well. They had just heard the sermon on the mount, nothing could knock them down. But the Bible says, And there arose a great storm. God brings storms into our lives to test our faith. To humble us. We have to first be pulled down to be built up. And it is God that lifts us up.
It is enough. We can say to God, enough. This comes from our own reasoning, our own understanding of what is happening around us and to us. The Bible says lean not unto thine own understanding. For the believer faced with the challenge of walking through a world that he does no longer belong in, there will be many times we come to the juniper tree. The juniper tree is a place of our own understanding, our own rationalizing, our own wisdom, our own imaginations. We arrive here when we take our eyes of the Lord. Peter began to sink when he saw the boisterous waves. He took his eyes of the Lord and began to sink. We need to keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, As the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believe in him may not perish, but have everlasting life. We look to Jesus to be saved, we look to Jesus after we are saved. It never stops. We never outgrow Jesus. We never come to a point of independency. We never do not need him anymore. We are flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones, we are married to Christ spiritually, we need him, and he loves us and is always there for us. He is faithful, even when we are unfaithful. He loves us, when we stop loving him. We truly are the weaker vessel.
Elijah sat under the juniper tree. And then Elijah slept under the juniper tree. He came to a point of complete hopelessness. He was emptied of himself. And this is when God moved in his life. God provided food for him. God gave him rest. The Bible says that we have a merciful high priest. Jesus is compassionate towards us. He knows our frame, he remembers that we are but dust. He suffered, he became a man, so that he could experience what we experience. Jesus wept. Jesus partook in our sufferings. He knows what we feel like. He knows our weaknesses. Jesus can have compassion, because he walked the earth as one of us. The Bible says the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. It also says, And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus overcame. He defeated Satan. Where man fell into sin, Jesus lived a perfect sinless life. He was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He bore our sin on himself. We cannot understand it. We can only believe it.
The angel said to Elijah, the journey is too great for thee. This is so true. The journey through life is too great for us in our own strength. Try and make it through life in your own strength. You won’t make it. Try to make it to heaven your own way. You won’t make it. We can pride ourselves on our independence. But we are never, ever truly independent, even when we hate God, even when we disobey God. He sends rain on the just and the unjust. He gives you the very breath that you use to deny him. He can add and take away. Your health can be taken away in a heartbeat. Your life can be snatched from the earth any second. We are never truly in control of anything. For the believer, we need spiritual meat and drink for the journey at hand. Read your Bible, eat the words, they are our life. Job said, I have esteemed thy words more than my necessary food. Spiritual food is more important to us than physical food, and yet so often we will skip reading our Bible, we will skip prayer, we will skip fellowshipping with and worshipping our Saviour. Even though this is what will get us through this life. In one of the many wars that Israel had with the Philistines, Jonathan found honey in the forest and it gave him strength in the battle. We need the honey. The honey of God’s word, which brings spiritual enlightenment. Which brings joy. And the joy of the Lord is our strength. Understanding and drawing near to God brings us joy. The Bible says that the sons of God shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth.
The Bible says that Elijah went in the strength of the meat that the angel gave him for forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb. God’s word. God’s power. The power is in the word. The power is in our faith in the word. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. The word of God is our meat. The gospel strengthens us. Peace with God. And God with us. Elijah saw at Mount Horeb that God was in control. Even though the circumstances of life seemed irreparable and too great for Elijah. Elijah heard the still small voice. God was not in the mighty wind, the earth moving earthquake, the inferno of fire. There was a still small voice. God is greater than whatever life throws at us. There arose a great storm. The disciples awoke Jesus in a panic, Carest thou not that we perish? And Jesus rebuked the wind and said, Peace be still. He then said to the disciples, How is it that you have no faith? And there was a great calm. Elijah experienced this calm at Horeb. The disciples experience the calm on the Sea of Tiberias. Will you experience the calm? No matter what problem you are in, no matter what life has thrown you, you can have the peace of God in your heart. Things can seem desperate, hopeless, out of control, but if you turn your eyes to Jesus, if you believe and trust him, if you lean on him and not your own understanding, there will be a great calm in your life.
You must be saved to have peace with God. There is no circumventing that step. After you are saved, there will be storms in your life. God will prove you. Have faith in the storm. There will be a great calm. You will know the peace of God that passeth all understanding.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 32 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
Amen and amen
My God is bigger than what people think and say
God the Father Lord Jesus Christ In The Holy Spirit, thank you for letting me eat my word from the bible as my meat this morning, today not my will but your will be done in Jesus name amen
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I find these words very comforting. timly and timless It ministered to me because,I am going through something similar.The word of God has accomplished its purpose.
These words of encouragement give hope to humanity if only they would accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Jesus Christ truly is the light of the world, thanks for your comment Wilma
I’m blessed with this text.
I have 4juniper trees in my yard and complain everyday that they make me to sweep out the berries and leaves.
Now that I understand the meaning of this tree.Im glad and will appreciate it.
Glad it was a blessing to you Leah and thanks for the comment 🙂
Amen! God is our Lord and Saviour. He is not just a Saviour in our problems, but a Saviour to our sins.
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Beautiful words. I was looking for something to share with a small group on our prayer line. And this is so beautiful. I will direct them to your page. Thank you
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Great words of encouragement. May God continue to bless and use you to write more 🙏
God Bless you to the Author keep being led by the holy spirit. Cuz baby imma just I needed dis right here. THank you!
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I’ll bet that the person who wrote this was not suffering from horrible abuse and hopelessness when he/she wrote this — I was officially saved and baptized twice, once in and again in May, 2021 — and I’ve not had, really, a moment’s fullpeace ever since — every single time I’ve thought I did/would, the whole world came crashing down on me yet again—-I pray every day and call out to the Lord, and on those occasions when my Bibles are not locked up in self-storage and fundamentally unavailable to me, I study the Bible and related literature every day as well AS I Am Allowed To — I attempted suicide 3 times, Dec. 1967, Sept. 1971 (thank you Your Supreme Highness Richard Nixon for that one), and Nov. 1st, 2017, all unsuccessfully I’m told — in the last case, I sat in the Public Library, a dozen people nearby, and tried to slash my wrists–the damned knife wouldn’t even cut the skin, and I had to call 911 MYSELF, MYSELF — at the hospital I realized that #1
something supernatural was going on, and that #2 it was not me that should be dead, but rather all those who had abused me so horridly –my message today: Eligah, move over, you’ve got company!–and to heck with all these platitudes and impotent good intentions, and all the psychiatrists and psychologists and social workers who only make things far worse than at all better!
Been a while since I wrote this, but I’m sorry to hear what you’ve been through.
If you’ve been saved, then you’re born again… and that person in you born of God is free and totally separate from that past life and past experiences.
1 John 5:18 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
I hope you can rise with Christ from this past life and shine brightly for him in your life… because in Christ you have been given the spirit “of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Keep your eyes upon Jesus, and stay in God’s Word. God has a way of using our past to prepare us for His purposes. There is a plan for the pain in our lives, and while it hurts in the present we may learn to rejoice in our sufferings. We must trust, believe in Him. Faith/believing is a verb, it is more than something we say, it is something we must do, act upon through the trials of this life.
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