by Pastor Tim Burt
In 1 Kings 17:1-2 we read about Elijah – the great prophet of God. God is about to do something in the earth having to do with judgment over the ungodly leaders of the land. This judgment will affect the people and hardship will come. It’s important when we read stories like this that we try to imagine them in this real world that we live in. Of course no one else on the planet was aware of what God was about to do. Even Elijah, whom God was going to use, may have only had partial knowledge of all that would result. Elijah was about to be used of God to prophesy and declare the coming days. Once Elijah spoke those words, they would go into effect.
We read: “Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “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 (NIV)” Put yourself in the shoes of someone living in that day—maybe you are a farmer or you raise cattle. Suddenly the beginning of a three-year drought begins. It will gravely affect everything and everyone. It is a judgment and it’s going to happen. Maybe you did nothing to deserve any part of it. Maybe you still love God like Elijah did and are serving Him like Elijah did. Are you still affected by it then? The answer is yes! This kind of judgment can affect everyone. There are specific reasons judgment comes, but to those that follow the Lord and love Him, they have to have faith. They have to have faith that God will minister to them and lead them into their provision throughout.
Can you imagine God commanding blessing to manifest in your life to provide for you during a time like this? Elijah was affected by the drought. But God commanded provision for Elijah. As soon as Elijah spoke the words God wanted him to speak, he then said to him “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook at a place east of where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” (1 Kings 17:3-4 (NIV) It says God commanded ravens to bring him food. God will always command your provision when you look to Him in faith! Always! Are you leaning on Him? Are you looking to Him in faith?
Hardship takes its toll. At the end of three years, God told Elijah there were still 7,000 people who hadn’t abandoned Him to serve other gods. That’s really not very many when you are talking about a million people. Hardship takes its toll. People give up on God. God does care and will manifest provision if they will seek Him for it in faith. Things may change, some may suffer loss, but in the end God will provide and God will redeem what was stolen. The question is: can you believe in His love for you? Can you stand in faith? Do you believe He hasn’t deserted you? The devil would like to convince you that God has. During Job’s difficulties, (brought on by Satan,) Job’s wife said to Job: “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9 (NIV)
Circumstances in life can discourage you. Satan has an army of discouragers—people who’ve become discouraged that want you to feel the same way and will help you become discouraged. Can you find personal encouragement through the promise of God’s word? Are you hiding these promises in your heart so that you can think about them at every point of discouragement? If you can, then talk to God about Him leading you into supernatural provision and trust that He will provide what you need now and restore to you over time what has been lost. Remember Deut. 4:31 (NIV) “For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath.”
1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV) “David was greatly distressed…but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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