So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 1 Kings 19:8

Horeb is also referred to as Mt. Sinai. The place where God hid Moses in a cave while he passed by. The cave where Elijah spent the night may have been the same cave (v.9). Certainly it was in a similar area. Elijah in his discouragement went back to the foundation of his faith.

Likewise when we are discouraged remembering the past and getting back to basics is a good idea. We can call to mind how we came to a place of faith, the difference God has made in our lives since we started following him and the answers to prayer we have had on our faith journey.

Furthermore we can remind ourselves of the basics of our faith – that God loves us, that he sent his Son to die for us and he has promised us a future inheritance.

We can also remind ourselves that during times of discouragement our perspective becomes distorted. Elijah felt like he was the only one who was still being faithful to God. Yet God tells him there are 7,000 who have not bowed down to Baal (v.18). Since discouragement is not God’s intention for us the thoughts we have during these times are usually not accurate. There are times I have to tell myself, “I would not be having these thoughts if I were not so tired and worn out.” Sometimes a good sleep is the answer to discouragement.

Other sources of reassurance are worship, meeting with God’s people and reading his Word. Worship takes the attention of ourselves and reminds us that God is all we need.

So remember Elijah and be encouraged.