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PROVISIONS FROM UNEXPECTED SOURCES

March 9, 2019

Often I have found that we limit God’s intervention in our lives because of our expectations. In our restricted minds, we think of the ways God will resolve our issues, and we don’t expect the unexpected. Therefore, I pray the following three accounts I am going to share of Divine intervention will encouraged and inspire you as it did me.

1 Kings 17 introduces us to the prophet, Elijah the Tishbite who told King Ahab Israel would not have dew or rain until he said so, and consequently, it did not rain in Israel for three years. This word was given because of Israel’s idolatry, and this word challenged the strength of the god Baal-Melkarth, the god of rain and crop production whom Israel was presently worshipping. However, during this time as seen in 1 Kings 17, God provided food for Elijah from unexpected sources, and then He again provided food for Elijah in 1 Kings 19 when he was fearfully on the run from Jezebel.

1 Kings 17 reveals after his prophetic word to Ahab God instructed Elijah to hide by the brook Cherith, Elijah followed God’s instruction, and he was able to drink water from the brook and eat bread and flesh in the morning and evening provided miraculously by ravens commissioned by God to bring him food.

When the brook dried up, God sent Elijah to Zarephath, to a Gentile widow who was also commissioned by God to sustain Elijah. Upon arrival in Zarephath Elijah saw the woman and told her to get a little water for him to drink and to bring him some bread for him to eat. Her response to this request was, “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.” However, Elijah encouraged her to respond positively to his request by sayings, “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.” The women did what Elijah said and for the remainder of the drought she, her son and Elijah who stayed with them, had food to eat, their daily bread was supernaturally provided.

In 1 Kings 19, after his great victory over the prophets of Baal and Asherah Elijah becomes fearful when he heard Jezebel wanted him killed and in despair, weariness, and depression he heads south to Beersheba. While journeying, exhausted, and wanting to die, Elijah stops and falls asleep under a Juniper tree until an angel touched him and woke him up, saying, “Arise and eat.” Elijah supped on a cake and a cruse of water after which he returned to sleep. A second time the angel woke him and told him to eat because the journey ahead of him would be too great without nourishment. Elijah followed the instructions of the angel and was able to travel forty days and nights to Mount Horeb without any further substance.

In these two chapters despite scarcity, Elijah was provided for first by an unclean bird, then by a Gentile widow and finally by an angel. He was provided by a creature, a human and an angelic being.

God’s Word tells us not to worry for God promises to take care of our daily needs. God understands our frailty, and he supplies the substance necessary for our survival. He can and will send us provisions as He sees fit. Our response is to expect it from many source and thank Him for His gracious care.

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One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink

    We are tested all the day long. Elijah, want to give up, tired, weary and depressed. And someone trying to kill him, even after seeing miracles that was performed, he wanted to die. Elijah was even blessing people along the way. God revives us over and over again when we are fragile. We look for God to come one way, but God ways are not our ways. Some time distractions get in our way, instead of following the instruction God has given. Thank Shepherd Mother!

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