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Learning To Obey In The Drought

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

1 Kings 17:1-16 KJV
(1) And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto 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.
(2) And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
(3) Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
(4) And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
(5) 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.
(6) And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. (7) And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
(8) And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
(9) Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
(10) So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
(11) And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
(12) And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
(13) And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
(14) For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
(15) And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
(16) And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

Godís control over storms such as winds, rain, and fire then over drought. The droughts that plagued our own land as well as around the world in this century have killed thousands of people. People can only live without water so long and without food. Where there is drought there is absence of natural food source, for even animals search for water. Yet Godís promise provision in a drought means someone else may suffer but you will not if you obey. Ahab was faced with living through a drought, but God promised Elijah food and water during those three years. If God promises provision then you have to take him at his word, because in truth there are no other choices except to deny and disobey God. God sent Elijah into a place of protection from the king. A place where water was and food provision provide by Godís creature, a raven. The raven brought food to Elijah and there was water to always drink until the day the little brook dried up. Yet Godís provision came with obedience by going to a little town where a widow woman was fixing to eat her last meal. God provided for Elijah, the widow and the boy. Had the widow been petitioning God; the Bible does not say concerning the widow request to God in prayer, but we know God provide for three needing food until the drought was over.

Godís people need more faith. Godís people need faith of Elijah. I know my own struggle of looking at a bare cabinet from time to time and being weighed down with bills pressing upon me. Yet Godís provision might not be like one wants. I cannot help but wonder about Elijah being feed by a raven. What was his natural reaction to the meat from the bird of prey? Did the thought of Elijah ever come is this bird trying to fatten me up only to be his next meal? Leaving all humor aside, Elijah obedience kept him feed not necessarily with his favorite foods for what does a raven eat but squirrels, rabbits, mice and other small prey. Faith means not always getting your way, but learning to obey God and knowing his provision is for us.

I do not want to think of New Yorkers eating rat burgers, but stories I have heard of rat population the option of rat burgers is there. Yet I doubt if I would not be told that it be unsafe and unhealthy to eat the rats because of diseases. What might look like provision might not be and what actually is might not always be appealing. Manna in the wilderness did get tiring but it was food. I was thinking the other day it been awhile since I had eaten gravy, actually several months. It is a meal if one adds some biscuits in a time of little groceries. It will actually stretch the budget. It provides a little iron from the meat used in it and a half a pound of meat can stretch into several meals for two people, where normally cooked it might be only be one meal. It is those lean times that one appreciates the days of buying stuff to make lasagna, and other meals that are tastier to oneís palettes. Some would declare it economic common sense and others know God provision in a meal of little taste after awhile. Yet I can happily say I never been desperate enough o eat rat burger, but I might if I had too.

What makes Elijah story about faith and not normal survival skills is the raven that feed him? The woman in the village was there that God spoke to him about. Faith in God is about going and obeying only information God provides you with. Disciples learn about obedience when finding the colt for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Disciples found the colt exactly as Jesus had declared they would under his direction. Yet Jesus was human flesh, being able to believe would take a little bit more proof without being there. Elijah story is more believable because it was the Spirit of God that spoke to him and he found it has God Spirit said. No way for him to know provision would be provided when he got to the destination except he knew the voice of God. Something without experiencing them first hand it harder to believe, maybe more so in this day and age with so many false prophets and teachers that plague our land.

Believers, it does takes faith to believe in Godís provision. I sometimes even wonder if I have enough faith. See I know Godís mercy and provision in my own life, even when not fully in Godís will for my life. Faith begins as little as mustard seed planted in fertile soil. The word of God brings forth life through His Son. Faith begins with learning to trust God and his Word. I doubt if Elijah faith began with his food provision, but at some point in his life and career Elijah learn obedience to God. New believer might not be a full trust mode in God, but they will get there. The lack of water is not the trouble; it is the lack of action. One had to grab hold of God in humble obedience.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to grab hold in humble obedience. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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