Provision in ‘dry’ times!

Scripture reading for April 6: 1st Kings 17-19

In 1975, our family went through a drought on the farm.  It rained early in the year, but then quit after the crops were in.  June and July had almost no rain and the corn grew and tasseled, but did not produce silks.  Ears formed but no kernels were on the cobs.  It looked very bleak for feeding our animals and paying the bills.  The soybeans were shorter than usual, but it rained in August when they were blooming and they produced a good crop.  God provided for us in the drought that year! Praise the Lord! 

1 Kings 17:1 “Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before Whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

Elijah announced to King Ahab that no rain or dew would fall from the sky except at his word for the next few years. He then left in obedience to the Lord, trusting God for His promised provision.  God commanded ravens to feed him by the brook in the Cherith ravine.  After a rainless few weeks, the brook dried up and God sent Elijah to a widow’s house in Zarephath.  This widow was so poor that she was gathering sticks to cook her son a last meal from a nearly empty jar of flour and oil.  Elijah asked her to bring him a little water and a piece of bread.  He encouraged her not to fear, that God would provide for her until the rains came again.  She obeyed and God provided meals for nearly three years from that empty flour bin and oil jar. “Give and it will be given to you, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

The times we live in are also dry in many ways.  Our economy is very weak and many are hurting financially. God’s judgment has fallen on our country that has turned to idols.  In times like this, we must listen to the Word of the Lord!  It is imperative that each person hears the instructions God has for them.  We must always give to God first and God will provide for us.  The widow was taken care of during the drought because she took care of the prophet.  Dry times need not be a problem if we walk with God!

Are you going through dry times in your own life? Have you sought God for His instructions to meet the needs you have? Are you willing to give your little to God first to see a miracle of multiplication?

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