Finding Blessings by the Brook (and even AFTER it dries up!) :)

13 Mar

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1 Kings 17:2-7  “And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

The Lord has used the account of Elijah to bless me in an incredible way this week! I’ve had quite a few “me” days this week which is NOT a good thing! My “me” days are days when I am looking at life through my eyes as oppossed to the way God wants me to look at it! They are days when I am not “spiritually minded” and I find that being carnally minded truly is death. (Romans 8:6) They bring death to the joy that God wants to fill my life with! But my Faithful God ALWAYS brings His Word to encourage me and change my viewpoint  on those particular days as He did this week with 1 Kings chapter 17!

The word of the Lord came to Elijah and asked Him to go to the brook Cherith to spend time with Him! There God promised to provide for his daily needs and surround him with protection. This sounds like a wonderful command to me! 🙂

But just as Elijah was enjoying quiet, uninterrupted time with God, the brook DRIED UP!

This time in Elijah’s life parallels a recent season in mine. Over this past year, the Lord brought me to a place where I knew I was EXACTLY where He wanted me to be, and it was a wonderful feeling! I certainly didn’t expect that God would ask me to leave! But, He is always taking me by surprise!

Just as I was preparing for a future in this season, the brook dried up!!! God closed the door! This week I have struggled with this, but God let me see it through His eyes and assured me of His perfect plan!

Sure, it didn’t seem like leaving the Brook Cherith would’ve been a good idea, but God had a new work for Elijah that He would have never experienced if he stayed by the Brook!

1 Kings 17:8-16  “And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.  So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.  And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”

If Elijah would’ve stayed at Cherith, the widow and her son would’ve died and he would’ve missed an AMAZING blessing! I believe that God had me leave my brook so that He can move me on to a new thing and bless me in new ways! I cherish the brook of the last year more than any other season that the Lord has brought me through thus far, but I’m so excited about where He’s taking me from here! I miss it very much and on my “me” days it is very difficult to live without it, but again God is SO VERY FAITHFUL! His Word sustains me, and I must believe that if that season had continued I would’ve missed incredible blessings!

I can’t wait to see where He’s taking me, but just like Elijah I will be forever changed by my time beside the Brook Cherith!

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