The Provider

In 1 Kings 16, the prophet Elijah shares with Ahab, the evil King, that there would be no rain in Israel for the next three years.  After sharing this bad news, God places Elijah in the “witness protection program” in order for him to be protected against the King’s retaliation and the severe impact of the pending drought.  What is most interesting is how God provides for His faithful prophet during this time. God chooses to use a dirty bird, a raven, and a poor widow who only has enough ingredients for a final family meal, as the source for Elijah’s food. Friends, what we must realize about Elijah’s story, as well our own story, is that God is more interested in the fact that His provisions in our lives are compatible with His plan for us, instead of comfortable for us.  Another aspect of God’s provision for Elijah was a water source that eventually dried up. Although God initially provided the water source during the drought, he wanted to teach Elijah another crucial lesson: We must always trust in the provider, not the provision.  God brings provision, it is always temporary, will “dry up” and will change.  What never changes is the provider.  God is eternal and will always be present with us no matter where the journey leads us.  The Apostle Paul reminds us of this truth in his letter to the Church at Philippi, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  Stay close to Jesus – Pastor Bryce

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