In the world but not of it

October 22, 2010

Unexpected means…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook.

1 Kings 17:6

There are times in our lives when we were waiting upon the Lord for direction on many fronts. Our brooks; finances, health, relationships, direction and resources, begin to dry up much like Elijah’s and we find ourselves wondering where this will all lead.

In James 4:8 we are told to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”.

It is the times of waiting in our lives that bring us to the reality of knowing our Lord. Waiting has a way of getting our attention, raising our sense of urgency and getting us to stop whatever we are doing and pay attention.

In times of waiting we cry out to the Lord even more and as we develop a closer relationship with Him and drink from the water of the Word, He brings us the bread in ways that we didn’t expect nor would have necessarily wanted. He teaches us that His resources are limitless and that He often will use the most unexpected means to provide for His children.

So often the Lord will answer prayer and meet our needs in a manner that is in direct contradiction to anything we would have ever considered. Ravens were considered unclean and the thought of having such an unclean animal bring food would have been considered simply wrong.

Yet, God in His grace and wisdom, often looks beyond our traditions and expectations and is more concerned about us learning the lesson.

The story of Elijah by the Kerith Brook is a treasure in scripture that teaches how God’s provision, protection and promises work so well in unison in the lives of His people.

If your brook is drying up today then be sure that the Lord is prepared to replenish it…


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