This morning, I was reading a devotional on Elijah. I’ve read this book before, but I was drawn to reread it, and I am glad I listened. I have gotten new meanings from reading a Bible verse repeatedly, and reading a devotional can do the same. The Devotional that I’m reading is by Phyllis Shirer, called Elijah.
The Prophet Elijah had faith and a relationship with God that I can only dream of having. The Lord talked to him and guided him through many seasons, but the three-year drought is the one that I’m reading about at the moment.
1 Kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
Elijah told King Ahab that the skies would be without rain and that even dew would not fall on the ground. Ahab was probably not concerned, to begin with, but after some time had passed with no rain or dew, he started searching for Elijah.
God knew that King Ahab would be furious at Elijah once the rain stopped, so He gave Elijah instructions on where to go into hiding. God picked a desolate, rocky area with only a small brook running through it. When the rains stop, brooks go dry, so this didn’t seem like a great location, but Elijah obeyed and went to a place called Cherith.
1 Kings 17:3-6
3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 4 And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
Elijah was now totally dependant on the Lord for his provisions, and the Lord supplied for his needs. Elijah ate what the Ravens brought, bread and meat, and he drank from the brook, which had not dried up even though the rains had stopped. I don’t see any mention of vegetables or fruit, and there aren’t any snacks or sugary treats listed either. This location and arrangement wasn’t a 4-star hotel, and the food wasn’t what we would have asked for when we called room service.
I am sure that Elijah was grateful and felt incredibly blessed for the food the Ravens brought to him, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t dream of other nourishment. But Elijah stayed where the Lord told him to until…
1 Kings 17:7
7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
I don’t know how big or deep the brook had been with Elijah arrived, but it slowly started to dry up. God then gave Elijah new instructions and a new place to go to.
I’m still reading about Elijah’s time in Zarephath, where the Lord sent him next. But, I’ve been reading and thinking about these seven verses in 1 Kings, and I was interested in Elijah’s mindset and reaction to his circumstances.
Brooks don’t dry up overnight; they slowly have less and less water in them until it is nothing but mud. Elijah saw what was happening to the brook, he had to have noticed that his water supply was drying, but he still stayed beside the stream. Elijah didn’t go looking for more water; he didn’t try to bottle up every last drop of water he could find; he stayed put and relied on the Lord.
I don’t have the relationship with God that Elijah had, but I know I would have been worried. God had provided before, so Elijah had reason to believe that He would provide again, but I still think a drying brook would be a reason to be concerned.
When COVID first hit, everyone and their brother was hoarding toilet paper. I bought an ample supply because I knew that it wasn’t perishable and that I would eventually use it even if the supply chain didn’t dry up. Of course, we all know the supply chain did dry up, and finding toilet paper wasn’t an easy item to find.
Toilet paper and water are on entirely different levels regarding needs. You have to have water to survive, while toilet paper is a nice luxury. If the world reacted to the lack of toilet paper as we did, can you imagine how we would respond to a drought where no rain falls for three years?
Most of us would be buying up all of the food and water that we could in hopes of being able to survive. You should always try to use the provisions that God gave you. He gave us eyes to see the problem, a brain to calculate and formulate a plan, and finances to purchase provisions. He also encourages us to pray, pray again, and then pray some more. The Lord is our provider, and it is in Him that we should go to with our requests.
When the brook dried up at Cherith, the Lord provided instructions to Elijah. When the wine stopped flowing at a wedding, the Lord gave instructions. When the widow was without money and had nothing, the Lord told Elisha what to say to her and provided. When the disciples had a crowd to feed with only a few loaves and fishes, the Lord provided.
I may not have the same relationship as Elijah, but I do have plenty of miracles from the Lord to bolster my faith! Thank you, God, for being my Savior and my Provider!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!