Sunday, November 28, 2004

Fed By Ravens

Recently I rode the commuter train into downtown Toronto to afford myself some "quiet time" to recover, reflect and recharge from the rigors of a hectic week. I took my Bible and looked forward to reading the account in 1 Kings 17 of the prophet Elijah being fed at the brook Kerith by ravens.

Settling back into my seat in an almost deserted train car, I opened my Bible and read, "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." (1 Kings 17:2-4)

Ravenous Feeding

What words of assurance to the prophet! Elijah had informed Ahab that "there will neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word." Yet, His God had made provision for his physical needs using brooks and birds. Imagine . . . the Creator of the ravens, commissioning them to bring daily bread to His prophet. "The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook." (verse 6).

As I mused on and marveled at the provision of God for Elijah I thought, "Can He not do the same for us today?" Of course He can! Reassured of this, I fell asleep and didn't awake 'til the train pulled into the station, 35 minutes later.

Trust Him today! He is still Jehovah Jireh, our Provider!

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