“The Lord Will Hide You, Protect You And Feed You!”
“Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.’ So he did as the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook”(I Kgs.17:1-6).
Elijah had just prophesied that as long as the Lord he serves lives, in the next few years there won’t be any dew or rain; except through his words.
To imagine that Elijah was making such a prophecy to king Ahab who for his twenty-two years as king of Israel “did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.” Worst still he was married to Jezebel whose name has become a metaphor for evil and Baalism!
Under the circumstances the Lord had to protect Elijah his prophet from the worst. Elijah had his own faults, no doubt. He considered his own words above that of the Lord. Hear him: “there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except by my word.” That was assuming too much! Later on he made a false claim to the Lord, “…The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your alters, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left…” The Lord himself reminded Elijah that he reserved seven thousand in Israel “whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him”(I Kgs 19:10&18).
The lesson from this is that it is not good to be overzealous to the extent of assuming you are the only chosen! …there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace”(Rom.11:3-6).
However, our focus today is on the importance that when your life is threatened in God’s service, he will hide you, protect you and supply your needs in unprecedented ways. The animals who often harvest our crops may not be thieves; they may be some people’s destiny helpers sent by God to go and feed hungry souls somewhere.
My friend, keep your ears alert to the silent voice of God. There are times that he wants you to hide from the maddening crowd! The Lord will supply your needs at all times, no matter the circumstances; trust Him. However, don’t spend time in vigils and sleep by day with the hope that the Lord will provide. It is an imperative that “If a man will not work, he shall not eat”(II Thes.3:10).
Sunday prayer: “God who made the earth, the air, the sky…careth for me… God who sent His Son to die on calvary, He if I lean on him, will care for me.” Amen!
Have a blessed Sunday! Peace be with you!