I Kings 16:29 - 17:15
Ahab did more to provoke the Lord than all the kings before.
He worshipped Baal and Asherah, but the true god he ignored.
When wickedness reigns, judgment follows. That’s why Elijah proclaimed,
“As the God of Israel lives, there will be no dew or rain.”
When Elijah prophesied judgment for sin, it really made Jezebel mad.
He knew if Ahab caught up with him, they would hurt him really bad.
God said to Elijah, “I have a plan. Go to the Kerith Ravine.
There you will find a cool bubbly brook in a place where you won’t be seen.”
So Elijah rested by the brook. He was fed both morning and night.
The ravens brought him bread and meat while he stayed there out of sight.
After a while the brook dried up, Elijah had nowhere to go. God said,
“Go to the village of Zarephath where you’ll find a poor widow.”
He must have wondered why he was directed to someone who was poor.
This humble widow was out of flour. Her imminent death seemed sure.
Nevertheless he obeyed the Lord. Here was the widow’s reply:
“I’m giving my son the last of our food; then I expect to die.”
Elijah responded, “Stop poor widow, there is a word from God on high:
If you do what He commands, the flour won’t fail, nor the oil run dry.”
The widow obeyed the Lord’s sure word; there was food for them every day.
The copious provision of flour and oil was His faithfulness on display.
Now lest you fear a future unknown, I want you to relax.
God remains faithful to His own. Say “no” to that panic attack.
If you follow the Lord your God, commit to the truths in His book,
He will lead you down the path to a cool and hidden brook.
In this account it’s easy to see God’s purpose and His power.
Our Father knows our pressing need, every minute of every hour.
So face the future knowing this: God is always true.
In the same loving way He cared for Elijah, so He will care for you.
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