TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
1 Kings 17:4 (NASB)
"It shall be that you will drink of the brook,
I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there"
THOUGH TO PONDER:
God sees the end from the beginning and knows what will be needed BEFORE we ever get there. So He works things out in advance. Why? Because just as He did with the Israelites, He has gone before us and has seen what we will need in order to fulfill HIS purposes for us.
Insight Into His Word:
I have always loved this verse: "It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there" (1 Kings 17:4 NASB).
There are three lessons I want us to consider in from this event: (1) Why do I so love this verse? Because look at the key word(s) "HAVE COMMANDED." Notice that God didn't say, "This is what I will do...." or "This is what I am thinking about...." Instead, He basically said "GO, because I have already taken care of everything!"
You see, BEFORE Elijah ever obeyed God in this passage--- Before he was ever told "hey this is what I want you to do... before he ever got to the brook... God had already taken care of a need Elijah would have--- BEFORE it became a need-- God had already worked it all out!
So, Elijah took God at His Word, and went, and guess what happened? The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook (1 Kings 17:6 NASB).
(2) The next thing about this passage I want to point out is this: It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying (1 Kings 17:7-8 NASB).
What is it about this verse that is so inspiring? The phrase "Dried up" and then the key word "THEN"
When did God FINALLY tell Elijah what to do next? AFTER the brook had dried up! Can you imagine as the water got less and less... what Elijah must have been doing? And what you and I would have been doing...Planning our next step! But guess what Elijah DIDN'T DO. He didn't set out on his own, in an attempt to find a better solution (his OWN solution). He knew he was WHERE God had told him to be... SO he stayed there UNTIL He heard God say something else!
Why does God sometimes wait until the brook is COMPLETELY dry before giving us instructions? Possibly to test our faith... to see how long we will trust him, and wait before taking matters into our own hands! And also because of timing! Just think about this: if Elijah had left any sooner, he wouldn't have come upon his next assignment at "just the right time" because look at what the passage says next:
"Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you." So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said "Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink" (1 Kings 17:9-10 NASB).
Notice again God said "I have commanded..." But, also note another key word which is the second "BEHOLD!" You see, Elijah didn't have to go and look for this woman! "Behold, as he came to the city gate-- THERE she was!"
(3) The last thing I want to point out about this passage is in 1 Kings 1 is this:
As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, "Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand." But she said, " As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die." Then Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.'" So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah (1 Kings 17:11-16 NASB).
Can you imagine after coming to this woman (who God said He had commanded to help Elijah), to find out that this said woman had NO means to help him? I think I would have gone back and asked God, "Are you sure this is the right one?" But not Elijah, he knew what God had said, SO, he simply trusted God to provide for him and her as well! And God did! God proved faithful to Elijah, and in the process He blessed (and provided for ) this woman as well!
In the same way Samuel knew he was at the right house when going to see Jesse in 1 Sam. 16, but God said none of the men being shown to him were the chosen one, so there had to be more to what he was seeing; Elijah KNEW he was where God told him to go. So even though circumstances seemed questionable... He waited and trusted in what he knew God had said.
Often times it can be the same for us! We get to where we know God sent us (has placed us). But it's not quite what we were told we would see... things are kinda different. Instead of leaving-- TRUST GOD to work it out, because ITS WHAT HE SAID. So don't forget what He said He would do.
PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, thank You for being so good to us. Thank You that You go before us and provide in ways we didn't see coming. Thank You for directing our steps. Thank You for looking out for us, and then working all things out for Your purpose so that we may be a witness for You. Thank You for Your love and concern. Thank You that You know all the ways we are going to mess up, but yet, You have already made a way for us to recover. God in Heaven, thank You that haven't given up on us. Thank You that you see beyond our mistakes, our sins, our lacking... to what YOU know we will be like in the end, and who You have called us to be.
In Jesus' name I pray,
~ My friend, have a glorious and wonderful day.