Until the Lord sends rain

1 Kings 17:3-16
I've been thinking about Elijah's story and the drought in Israel. I have been at a place where I felt God miraculously provide only for that brook to slowly dry up. I have wanted to lament in near-panic, "Lord you opened that door. Why is it slowly shutting on me? The brook is drying up Lord."


Fact is drought affected the Cherith brook. God had told Elijah: "Hide yourself by the brook of Cherith...
I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."
And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and evening. And he drank from the brook. But after a while the brook dried up because there was no rain. Why was there no rain? Because Elijah spoke the word of the Lord.


Obeying God does cost us personally. Natural circumstances will affect our brooks of provision and refreshment. Financial meltdown will affect the places God has told us to hide. Office politics or national and global policies will dry up our Cheriths. Even the places where God lead, (places of God's providence and rest) can feel the effects of the fall. Our sources of provision can be affected by a world pandemic or economic turmoil or political storms. Our marriages can be pressed by health concerns or the sin of others. Our brooks and breakthroughs do dry up through no fault of our own but because it's a new season.

Vs 8
Then the word of the Lord came to him... God's instructions change in each season. He leads and guides.

Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you. One who herself is in lack, God uses to feed Elijah.
He enters the city, thirsty, hungry, and encounters a widow, asks for water and bread.
Do you think Elijah had been praying for provision as he saw the brook slowly dry up? I bet he was. I bet he felt a little desperation kick in day by day that God had led him to a place that was now becoming barren.
Do you think the widow cried desperately within as she picked up those sticks to go cool her last meal and probably die? I know she did as panic kicked in.

The brook dried up so Elijah can go encourage someone else and bring the answer to their prayer. God was saying, move. Change. New plan. 137km away in a foreign country, to a needy widow too grappling with the ravages of drought.
Trust God to answer Elijah's prayer through the widow's prayer.


What does God say?
Do not fear.... For the jug of oil shall not be empty until the day the lord sends rain.

"And she and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord."

I am encouraged that God will provide, even if it is through someone (or an organisation) who is as desperate for a miracle as you. We can be each others miracles. You can bring the answer to someone's prayer as they become your answer. For the two of you, the jar of flour will not be spent until the Lord sends rain.
The Lord will send rain. Until then, pray and know he never leaves us helpless.


Obeying God does cost us personally. Even the places where God lead, (places of God's providence and rest) can feel the effects of the fall. Natural circumstances will affect our brooks of provision and refreshment like the drought did for Elijah. Financial meltdown will affect the places God has told us to hide. Office politics or national and global policies will dry up our Cheriths. Our businesses can be affected by a world pandemic or economic turmoil or political storms. Our marriages can be pressed by health concerns or the sin of others.

In Vs 8 the word of the Lord came to to Elijah... God's instructions changed with the new circumstances. God's way of providing changed in the new season. He leads and guides every step of the way.

"Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you. One who herself is in lack, God uses to feed Elijah.
He enters the city, thirsty, hungry, and encounters a widow, asks for water and bread.
Do you think Elijah had been praying for provision as he saw the brook slowly dry up? I bet he was. I bet he felt a little desperation kick in day by day that God had led him to a place that was now becoming barren.
Do you think the widow cried desperately within as she picked up those sticks to go cook her last meal and probably die? I can bet she felt panic every time she thought about the next meal.

But trust God to answer Elijah's prayer through the widow's prayer.
What does God say?
Do not fear.... For the jug of oil shall not be empty until the day the lord sends rain.

"And she and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord to Elijah."

I am encouraged that God will provide, even if it is through someone who (or an organisation that) is as desperate for a miracle as you. We can be each others miracles. You can bring the answer to someone's prayer as they become your answer. For the two of you, the jar of flour will not be spent until the Lord sends rain.
The Lord will send rain. Until then, pray and know he never leaves us helpless.

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