The Broom Tree

One of my favorite people in the Old Testament is Elijah. I enjoy reading about his courage and faith. Elijah was just like you and me ? sometimes he became weak and afraid. One of those times was after Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal (a false god). With God’s help, Elijah proved that God was the one and only true God. Then Elijah killed the prophets of Baal.
When the wicked queen, Jezebel, heard what Elijah had done, she wanted to kill Elijah. Elijah became afraid and ran away to the desert. Verse 4 of our Bible Reading says that Elijah sat down under a bush. Some Bible translations say that Elijah sat down under a “broom tree.” A broom tree has yellow flowers, and it looks like a broom.
When Elijah sat down, he was discouraged. He did not want to live. An angel came to Elijah and gave him food to eat. God talked to Elijah and helped him not be afraid and discouraged.
Maybe sometimes you are discouraged like Elijah was. Maybe you are discouraged today. Give your worries to God. Why? Because He loves you!