Monday, October 15, 2012

1 Kings 17 God's Provision Never Fails

1 Kings 17:2-6 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there."  So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

1 Kings 17:15-16 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 

1 Kings 17:22-24 The Lord heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!" Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth." 


God raised Elijah as the His prophet to challenge Baal-worship. Baal was the god of fertility and nature and Elijah's first challenge to Baal was to stop the rain at  his word: "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word" (1 Kings 17:1). So when no rain fell for the next three years despite extensive Baal-worship, Elijah established the LORD's supremacy over Baal. The resulting famine affected the entire land of Israel, including Elijah. But God saw to it that His servant's needs were provided for through the bread and meat brought by the ravens and the water in the brook that flowed in the ravine.

And when the brook dried up because of the famine, God continued to provide for Elijah's needs through a widow of Sidon who had enough flour and oil for just one more meal before she and her son resigned themselves to death. But when  the widow obeyed Elijah's word to surrender her last meal to him first with only the promise that her jar of flour and jug of oil would never run out, she did according to the his word. And then the miracle happened: "For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah" (1 Kings 17:16). Her obedience to the word of God has brought about the miracle of provision. We need to give to God's cause FIRST before we can get from God's storehouse.

And that's not the end of the widow's blessings. When her son became ill and almost died, Elijah's prayer saved her son. And the widow finally acknowledged Elijah as a prophet of God: "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth" ("1 Kings 17:24).

When we are walking in the will of God, God takes care of our needs--whether in plenty or in want. God will make a way when we seek first His kingdom and righteousness: "all these things will be added to you." (Mt 6:33).

PRAYER: Father, I thank You that those who seek first Your Kingdom and righteousness will never be found lacking in physical provisions. For You have promised and You will keep Your word. Amen.

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