As we take another look at Elijah, a quick reminder of what went before.
He appears out of nowhere, a nobody, an unknown who finds himself before the King of all the land. (An evil King at that)
He is a Prophet of the Lord, he has a Word of Knowledge from the Lord, and he has the Gift of Faith, from the Lord and boldly proclaims, to this evil King. (Ahab)
“As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
Picture that, speaking to the King… There are no lightning bolts, earth quakes, darkness covering the earth, or even a loud voice from heaven.
Just your words… (no signs, wonders or miracles confirming your words).
Just the King, his mouth open in amazement, his body guards, frozen in place, not reacting to stop this nobody, who is suddenly here in front of the King , rebucking the King…
An angry King, with the power to have you arrested, imprisoned, beheaded.
Wouldn’t this be a good time for the Lord to show himself strong on your behalf?
The Lord didn’t think so, instead he told Elijah:
“Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith”
What? Go hide? I just, in Faith, spoke Your word, rebuked the most powerful man in my world, and all You do is tell me to GO HIDE?
Well not quite, the Lord also told him:
“And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.”
God is Awesome, able to meet our needs by using Ravens if He so chooses. Why do we get so excited when times get lean?
Where is our Faith?
Did the Lord not promise, He would never leave us or forsake us? Did you not read, My God shall supply all my needs? Or the Lord is my Sheperd, I shall not want?
As I write this, it is the first of the month, my mortgage is due along with all my other monthly obligations.
I’ve not the money to pay, or the work lined up to make The money I need to pay.
“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”
I’ve been here, where God sent me, doing Gods will, and now the brook has dried up.
What’s going on Lord, have I sinned?
What did I do, to be here, lacking, my basic needs?
You promised You would provide, what’s up?
Now, I know I am no Elijah, and it seems I am not a rain maker.
In my case, I believe I was sent to this little God loving and loved by God church, to lead them to more.
More Power, More Joy, More Jesus, More Life, More Peace, health, wisdom, grace….
They listen, nod their heads and say: “If God wanted us to have that, He would have given it to us.”
Never to realize, they had to ask for salvation, before receiving it. It is the same with the Gifts of the Spirit. We must ask, let God know He is our provider, let Him know we know His word and will. Seek the best Gift.
The best gift is the Gift needed now. ASK, SEEK, KNOCK…
Do not stop until you receive. An answer. Yes, No or latter.
In Elijahs case, God had more for him to do elsewhere.
“And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:”
A new chapter is awaiting him as he obeys the voice of the Lord.
Do you feel like you are stuck, that there is little or no forward motion in your life? Have you ignored the voice of the Lord?
Maybe it is time to move on in His will, to a new chapter in your life.
Seek Him, prayerfully. Amen