“As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” (1 Kings 17:1)
Elijah entered into a drought. It was God’s call on his life and it affected not just those around him, but his own life too. You see, as Elijah entered into a season of drought he too had to trust God to meet his needs and God chose really unorthodox ways to do it.
God uses ravens and a widow to meet Elijah’s needs. You see, when Elijah entered into this season there was no way he could know how God would provide for him. He simply understood one simple truth about God- He is faithful. He never leaves His children and longs to care deeply for them, providing for them. Especially in seasons of drought and sometimes, beloved, God calls us into them.
If God has called you into a season of drought where finances have been lost, you’ve had to walk away from something you love or life feels a little off, don’t lose hope. Trust that God will provide for you just as he did for Elijah.
You see, I’m not sure if I’ve ever really experienced God sending the ravens, because, in my own fear I’ve ran around trying to solve the problems myself. However, I sense and feel Him calling me into a different season. A season where He’s going to send the ravens and this time I’m listening.
The crazy thing is that in a season of drought God called a widow to provide for Elijah. A woman who was desolate, without a earthly provider, God called up to provide for Elijah. In this woman’s willingness to step out in faith and give up the little food that she had, God kept providing. He became her provider and Elijah’s too. Day after day there was flour and oil and God put it there.
So if you’re in a season of drought seek to be generous. God loves to use our droughts to pour out His provision. That’s what I’m leaning into as I trust the ravens and seek to provide for someone else in need just as the widow of Zarapeth did for Elijah.
Lord, you always provide. You always meet our needs. Help us all to love those around us by giving up what we have to serve someone else. We don’t want to be hoarders. We want to walk in faithfulness. Lord, send the ravens, in Jesus name, Amen.