So yesterday we talked about God feeding Elijah morning and evening through the ravens. A sweet time of rest, trust building, reflection. Perhaps. Or maybe it was a time of wrestling, arguing and doubting, waiting for God’s goodness to run out. Sound familiar?
Guess what happened? The brook dried up.
I love it when God brings us to these pivotal moments. The “Now what?” moments. The OMG, freakout moments. It is almost as if we think that God left the cosmos or something. Like He went off line or went to sleep.
For Elijah it was the brook drying up. For me it was the missed deadline for a deposit for Zimbabwe. Same reality: helpless to provide for myself. Same question: “God, You gonna take care of me?” But the good news is: it is the same God. “Then the word of the LORD came to him: ‘Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.'” 1 Kings 17: 8-9.
The King James Version says: “Arise.” I love that. Get up and get going. God is on the move.
It reminds me of the Narnia stories when they would say, “We hear Aslan is on the move.” They didn’t know what that meant, or how Aslan would change the circumstance. But they were strengthened because they remembered that Aslan was the great high king over all Narnia. And everyone knew he had the power to do anything. Everything. Everyone knew he might not be a tame lion, but he was good.
So it is with God. He has a wild story that He is constantly telling. Our lives are the plots and twists, the reckless romance, the good vs. evil story played out by this great, untamed God. And what does He ask of us?
“And without faith it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists,
and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
And what do we believe in? The power and goodness of God. “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colosians 1: 7
Finally, we believe in the Who of God. We trust that He empowers our cries, prayers, and praise. His Spirit is actively changing the world, and our hearts.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” James 5:16-18
Pray for rain; pray for God to heal and feed you. Praise Him for all things: ravens, dried up brooks, and widows. Pray and believe.