1 Kings 17:1-4 Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 2 The word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.”
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Inasmuch as Elijah's ministry was colored by dramatic manifestations of miracle working power from God, we are reminded in James 5:17-18 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit."
In the same chapter, God uses a poor widow to feed the prophet. We read in 1 Kings 17:8 "Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” The interesting thing about this provision is that God used a poor widow who was gathering her last meal to feed herself and her son. Then God in turn used Elijah to perform a miracle that ended up sustaining the widow and her child for nearly three years - on a handful of flour and a small amount of olive oil!
Then in 1 Kings 19 we find the desperate prophet being fed by an angel. God's use of angels is amply documented in the Word of God. We know that He uses them in aiding His people (Psalm 91:11; Hebrews 1:7,14). So as we can see from Elijah's life, God is unlimited in how He can provide. 2 Corinthians 9:8 reminds us - "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed."
In closing out today's post, we learned that when considering Elijah's life, we learn the following three principles about God's provision:
1. God is unlimited in how He can provide
2. God is unlimited by what He can provide
3. God is always able to provide
Three scriptures from the New Testament provide good reminders to reinforce the above truths. First, Romans 8:32 states - "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Or how about Philippians 4:19 "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Then one more verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9 "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Thank you Lord for how you teach us by your prophets your ability and willingness to provide.