1 Kings 19:5 Then he lay down in the shade and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel woke him up and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 Elijah looked around, and by his head was a jar of water and some baked bread. He sat up, ate and drank, then lay down and went back to sleep. 7 Soon the Lord’s angel woke him again and said, “Get up and eat, or else you’ll get too tired to travel.” 8 So Elijah sat up and ate and drank. The food and water made him strong enough to walk forty more days. At last, he reached Mount Sinai, the mountain of God,

When it comes to God’s instructions, everything may not be spiritual. He may tell us to do something practical.

In this story, Elijah was running from Ahab and Jezebel’s army for two days in desert like conditions. When he finally stopped, he was suicidal. He begged God to take his life. After resting, an angel woke him up and told him to eat. Simple and practical, right? After running for so long in the hot sun, it makes sense to have Elijah eat and sleep. These practical instructions mentally and physically strengthened Elijah to continue his journey.

When seeking God, don’t assume He’s only going to give us some deep spiritual instructions such as fasting or spending 3 hours in the Word. He may have us remove sweets from our diet, study for 2 hours a day for an upcoming exam, or walk a mile 3 times a week. It may be simple and practical, but it will benefit us greatly.