1 Kings 16:29-17:24
Elijah was the bearer of bad news to a truly brutal king and he had to be terrified of what this king might do to him. Yet, Elijah told him anyway, because that is what God had asked him to do. What Elijah didn't know was what would come next.
Two things we can learn from this passage:
- Sometimes we have to do one thing God asks us to do before the next step is revealed to us clearly.
- God provides in ways we can't even imagine.
The first part of this passage (1 kings 16:29-34) makes it clear that King Ahab was one bad dude. Verse 30 even says "Ahab did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him." Elijah followed the Lord’s instruction and told this brutal king about the coming drought. Only after Elijah completed this did The Lord give him further instruction. Sometimes we have to do one thing God asks us to do, before the next step is revealed to us.
God points Elijah eastward to a ravine with a brook to drink from, and ravens to bring him food. This is such a cool visual. Birds brought him food. But think, God had a place for Elijah, with resources we wouldn't even think about. The same happened when the brook dried up. God sent him to a place that doesn't sound like it makes much sense. A widow will supply you with food. God not only provided for Elijah, but also for the widow and her son! Even saving the son from sure death!
In our lives, we need to recognize that God’s way doesn't always make sense to us, but when we trust, He will provide. Sometimes it’s with a clear next step, and other times with resources we wouldn't even think about.