Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
There comes a moment in each of our lives that has a direct effect on our future. Agreed, there can be many of those encounters that create multiple positives or negatives, depending on a host of other experiences. Let’s look at Elijah, who got in a confrontation with Ahab, who had married Jezebel- a godless woman- who led Ahab “like a sheep to the slaughter.”
Elijah, a prophet of God, confronted Ahab and related “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.” 1 Kings 17:1)
With these multiple backgrounds and encounters, God said to Elijah, “Go to Cherith… drink from the brook… the ravens will provide for you there.” (The word “Cherith” means GRACE) That beautiful word is demonstrated by God from Genesis to Revelation.
Sometimes we go through experiences that make us wonder what and why God has allowed it in our lives… ”the brook dried up”. Our recourse is Psalm 27:14… ”Wait on the Lord”. God still has a plan! “Arise; go to Zarephath” (Sheltering house) “Stay there!”
What God told him was that he had a widow there who would provide for him. Not the most pleasant thought, but as it unfolds exactly as God had said: The widow was gathering sticks to prepare her last meal for she and her son. Elijah sounds somewhat terse in telling her: “Go and do as you said, but make me a little bread cake first… and afterward, one for you and your son.”
Elijah made her a promise: “For thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth’.”
It happened! The bowl and the jar remained filled as God had promised. Remember, God gave the promise… Elijah conveyed it… the widow experienced it.