1 Kings 17 "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.
There was a widow woman living in Zarephath who was very poor. She had a son to feed and she had run completely out of food. Meanwhile, Elijah was hiding out from Ahab down by the brook Cherith. God had told him to go down by this brook to hide from Ahab and had sent ravens to feed him. After some time had passed we see God work in another way. We see Him put these two people together. Elijah needed someone to take care of him and the widow woman needed someone to supply her needs. Elijah's brook dried up! When this happened, God told him to go to Zarephath, He had commanded a widow woman there to sustain him. But God failed to tell Elijah that the widow woman had no food! When he learned there was no meal or oil, Elijah didn't doubt God - he told the woman to bake what she had for the meal and oil would not run out until it rained.
Sometimes God will let our brook dry up to get us to move on to some place new. Maybe
because someone else needs us, like the widow woman needed Elijah - later on her son became very
ill and actually died. Elijah took him to the loft where he stayed and prayed over him and the
bible says, "the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived." Sometimes God
will dry up our brook so we'll move on because it's something we need to do for ourselves!
I remember one period in my life when I was just going through the motions of going to church.
There were problems and I was really having a rough time. At that time I couldn't go to the
pastor, he was having his own problems. The church was in trouble and although I wasn't part of
the problem I couldn't be part of the solution and no one who could fix it would.
The sermons were boring, I wasn't getting anything out of church for me! Deep down inside
I knew this but I wasn't ready to give up, I guess. I kept trying! No one was willing to do
anything to turn things around. Then, one day out of the blue, I got a phone call! My brook
dried up! God knew how unhappy I had been. He knew my soul was suffering and my spirit was
in need. He knew I needed to move and He knew where I was needed - so He moved me.
Sometimes God will dry up your brook and move you to help you and even others along the way, but there are other times God expects you to use common sense and move yourself!
I hope you won't be like the song leader at one revival I attended. After the sermon the
evangelist called for a song and the song leader lead the congregation in the hymn
"I Shall Not Be Moved."
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