THURSDAY, JUNE 9
5 So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
1 Kings 17:5-6 (ESV)
GOD PROVIDES THE PROVISION WE NEED
Years ago, a man by the name of Wally owned a farm in Connecticut. He had a remarkable talent with birds, chickadees specifically. It seems that every morning these little birds would flutter down and land on his hands. And it wasn’t just for food; he’d talk to them and they seemed to enjoy his companionship.
One woman who visited was so enthralled by what she asked for permission to try and get the birds to do that for her. She practiced for weeks, but never got one bird to land on her hand. Then one day, she tried something different. She put Wally’s fedora on her head and wrapped herself in his mackinaw. Seconds later, she was covered with birds. They came to her, because they trusted Wally so much that they even trusted his scent on his clothes. (Reader’s Digest, by Jeff Strite)
God used His supernatural power to get ravens to feed Elijah at the Brook of Cherith. When Elijah arrived, the ravens flew in right on time every morning and evening with his meals. Ravens were considered an “unclean” animal (Lev. 11:15). They are also an animal that is so naturally selfish that they will neglect feeding their own young (Job 38:41), so this will be quite an interesting, supernatural thing. The point is that God provided for Elijah during this time of national crisis.
When you experience difficult days in your own life, you will find that God will provide for you. He knows how to meet the needs of His children! Kevin shared in the sermon that Matthew 6:33 teaches, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Are you seeking God’s kingdom first? When you do, God promises to provide the rest.
Thank God for always providing what you need. Ask God to show you areas where you aren’t putting Him first.