“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
And the word of the Lord came unto him (Elijah), saying, “Get thee hence, and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that you shall drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to fee you there.”
“And it came to pass after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the Lord came to him saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath which belongs to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” (I Kings 17:1, 2-4 & 7-9)
Elijah was a powerful Prophet who took on several hundred priests of Ba’al and won. At his word, the rain stopped until he told it to start again. He was a thorn in King Ahab’s side. He was the Nemesis of Queen Jezebel. He was totally devoted to God to the point where he didn’t physically die, instead God took him to heaven supernaturally.
The interesting thing in these passages is that the supernatural was totally natural to Elijah. He knew God’s voice enough to not doubt for one second His instructions to him. How many of us would question our sanity if God told us to go East to a brook and hide and He will send ravens to feed us bread and flesh? Elijah said “no problem” and he went and God did send ravens morning and night to feed him bread and flesh!
He stayed there and before long God was ready to move him to his next assignment. He had already prepared someone to take care of Elijah! This widow woman received some mighty blessings for taking care of God’s prophet too. So off he went to this widow woman’s house and stayed there.
There is a level of trust between Elijah and the Lord. Elijah trusted God’s word to a level we only wish we could attain. God could depend on Elijah to obey His instructions. A two-way street. Notice that before Elijah left the brook, God had already prepared provisions for him at the next stop. Elijah knew that God would make sure he had everything he needed to fulfill the call on his life–and He did!
Believers today have so much more than Elijah had, yet we walk in defeat so many times. We don’t trust God’s word! We have the indwelling Holy Spirit, we have the Blood of Jesus and we have the Name of Jesus–all at our fingertips. We should be walking victoriously in our lives. But so many don’t.
There’s that word again: TRUST. Trust comes only through a relationship with Him. Everyone has a call. Everyone has an assignment and plan for their lives. He will unfold that plan to you once you begin to seek Him out. He is waiting to show you…