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Provision in dry times!

Scripture reading for April 8th: 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 even in the dry year.

Elijah announced to King Ahab that no rain or dew would fall from the sky except at his word. (1st Kings 17: 1) He then left the area following the instructions of the Lord.  God promised provision to Elijah.  He commanded ravens to feed him by the brook in the Kerith Ravine.  After a few rainless weeks, the brook dried up and God sent Elijah to a widow’s house in Zarephath.    It would have been ideal to have a rich widow but 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!

The times we live in are dry in many ways.  Our economy is weak and many are laid off from jobs and can’t find work.  Provision is often very low.  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.  Elijah was cared for because he obeyed the Lord.   The widow was taken care of during the drought because she took care of the prophet.  Dry times need not be a problem for those who honor the Lord first and listen to His instructions!

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Provision in dry times!

Scripture reading for April 8: 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 even in the dry year.  Today we have a story from the days of the kings, when a drought was decreed by God through the prophet Elijah.

Elijah announced to King Ahab that no rain or dew would fall from the sky except at his word for the next few years. (1st Kings 17: 1) He then left in obedience to the instructions of the Lord.  God promised provision to Elijah.  He commanded ravens to feed him by the brook in the Kerith Ravine.  After a  few weeks, the brook dried up and God sent Elijah to a widow’s house in Zarephath.   However, 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!

The times we live in are also dry in many ways.  Our economy is very weak, many are laid off from jobs, and it seems as if there is a judgment on the land.  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.  Like the widow in this passage, we must always give to God first and trust that 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 for those who honor the Lord first and listen to His instructions!   Living by faith is the abundant life!

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One is a Majority With God!

Scripture reading for April 8th: 1st Kings 17-19

After three years of drought and famine at the word of Elijah the prophet, Elijah showed up and confronted Ahab with a showdown.  He told Ahab to bring the 45o prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah and come up to Mt. Carmel.  (1st Kings 17:18-19)  Elijah, along with the people of Israel,  was going to meet them there to call them to account for their idolatry.  He was all alone, one man against this great company of false prophets.

Elijah proposed a contest.  Sacrificial bulls were to be laid upon two altars with wood under them.   The false prophets could call on their god to come and consume their sacrifice by fire.  Then Elijah would call on the Lord to consume his sacrifice.  The God who answered with fire would be the winner!  Elijah graciously allowed the false prophets to go first.(1st Kings 17:22-26)

All day the false prophets called out to their gods with no response.  Elijah taunted them asking them to shout louder because their god must have been asleep!  The priests danced around and made noise, even cutting themselves, but no god answered and no one was there.  (1st Kings 17:26-29)

Elijah built an altar of twelves stones, one for each tribe of Israel.  He called all the people to his altar and then for extra drama, had the sacrifice and wood soaked with water three times.  At the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah stepped up and prayed a simple prayer.  Fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the water in the trench!  (1st Kings 17:30-38)   The people fell on their faces and proclaimed that the Lord was God!

Elijah ordered the false prophets slain according to the instruction of the Lord!  He told Ahab to eat and drink because rain was coming.  He went up on Mt. Carmel and began to pray while his servant watched toward the sea for clouds.  After seven times, a cloud appeared and they took off.  Elijah ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot down to Jezreel!

One is a majority when God is our God!  Numbers may be fashionable but God is not impressed with numbers who have no faith in Him.  Check your heart today.  Are you bold in your prayer life and in confronting false religion?

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Provision in dry times!

Scripture reading for April 8: 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 even in the dry year.  Today we have a story from the days of the kings, when a drought was decreed by God through the prophet Elijah.

Elijah announced to King Ahab that no rain or dew would fall from the sky except at his word for the next few years. (1st Kings 17: 1) He then left in obedience to the instructions of the Lord.  God promised provision to Elijah.  He commanded ravens to feed him by the brook in the Kerith Ravine.  After a rainless few weeks, the brook dried up and God sent Elijah to a widow’s house in Zarephath.  Someone has said, if a widow was to care for them, they hoped she would be rich!  However, 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.

The times we live in are also dry in many ways.  Our economy is very weak, many are laid off from jobs, and it seems as if there is a judgment on the land.  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.  Another lesson from this passage is that 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 for those who honor the Lord first and listen to His instructions!

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